About Us

Hi neighbor! We're NextLight: Longmont's own fiber-fast gigabit internet (and more) service.

For Longmont, By Longmont

NextLight is community-based and community-owned. Our customers are our neighbors, so help isn’t just a phone call away, it is also right down the street. At NextLight, we know where you’re coming from and are here to keep you connected.

Fast & Reliable

With gigabit fiber, we provide fast and reliable connections that no other service can match. Recognized as one of the fastest ISPs in the nation, NextLight has the bandwidth to support all of today’s needs: distance learning, telemedicine, remote work, gaming, streaming television and more. Even when the whole family is plugged in at once, NextLight keeps moving in high gear.

We Meet You Where You Are

Whatever your needs, NextLight is here to help. We offer phone service for those who need a landline, discounted internet rates for income-qualified households, and even a Sharing the NextLight program to get qualifying Longmont students online at no cost to their families. We are here to power up your workplace, as well, from a small storefront to a major manufacturer. First and always, it’s about serving YOU.

Our Story

1997

The original fiber-optic loop is built.

Longmont Power & Communications, in conjunction with Platte River Power Authority, installs a 17-mile fiber-optic loop to support citywide fiber-optic internet service.

1997

2005

Colorado restricts local internet service with SB 152

The Colorado Legislature passes Senate Bill 152. With very limited exceptions, no local government can provide cable television, telecommunications, or high-speed internet access, or partner with a private entity to provide it, without voter approval.

2005

2011

Longmont successfully overturns SB 152

With 60% of the vote, Longmont voters pass a ballot issue that permits Longmont Power & Communications to begin providing high-speed internet access as a municipal service.

2011

2014

NextLight breaks ground

Longmont Power & Communications announces NextLight, the fiber internet service, and breaks ground on a six-phase construction project.

2014

2017

Longmont declared Colorado’s first “Gig City”

Longmont becomes the first to offer symmetrical gigabit speeds citywide and does so without data caps or contracts.

2017

2018

PC Magazine rates NextLight fastest in the nation

Just days before the National Civic League names Longmont an All-America City (and citing NextLight as a reason), NextLight is rated the fastest ISP in the nation, beating even Google Fiber and others.

2018

2019

NextLight celebrates 5 years

With a 57% “take rate,” NextLight strongly outperforms initial expectations among residential and commercial customers for its affordability, speed, and ease-of-use.

2019
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