Building a fiber network is difficult, and Springs Utilities’ internet project already has competition | News



John Cinelli, CEO of Metronet, spoke at a news conference last month in Colorado Springs.

Ben Kley says he’s kept a skeptical eye on the flurry of fiber internet project announcements in Colorado Springs.

Kley, president of StratusIQ — the first company to offer “fiber to the home” and gig-speed internet to residents and businesses in the Springs, back in 2007 — says building citywide fiber networks in the terrain of the Rocky Mountains is not a simple or cheap process. 

“The easy part is putting out the press release,” says Kley. “If this was easy, then the

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