Broadband & Utilities
High speed redundant broadband service is available to businesses and homes in and around Steamboat Springs and Routt County with multiple internet providers to choose from. Our local broadband network is expanding rapidly and we’re a recognized leader in rural broadband expansion.
Northwest Colorado Broadband: In 2012, a consortium of local governments and non-profit organizations formed the Northwest Colorado Broadband (NCB) to pursue more affordable, reliable and redundant broadband service, initially for public and non-profit NCB partners, and in the future, on a county-wide basis in partnership with the private sector. Accomplishments to date include:
- Creation of a carrier neutral location where broadband demand of public and non-profit partners is aggregated and met by a competitively selected middle-mile provider, with resulting savings of 5-10X over prior internet service costs, and a redundant pathway to protect against outages.
- Completion of the Routt County Strategic Broadband Plan
- Construction included nine miles of 288-strand fiber optic cable and three miles of lateral connections to additional community anchor institutions. NCB anticipates offering excess capacity to private providers with the goal of improved broadband service options for residents and businesses.
Yampa Valley Electric Association is a locally owned and controlled electric cooperative providing service to more than 26,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in northwest Colorado and portions of Wyoming. According to YVEA, residential electric rates are the lowest of any electric cooperative in Colorado, and the association currently includes 15 percent renewable energy sources in its power portfolio.
Regional natural gas provider Atmos Energy serves all of Routt County and has a local office in Steamboat Springs. Atmos Energy has an efficiency program to assist residential and commercial customers available here.