Mammoth completes alternative fiber Internet route serving Lake and Chaffee counties; CCT as anchor tenant

Mammoth Networks has completed deployment of a new middle-mile internet fiber route that will provide redundancy and resiliency for communities in Lake and Chaffee counties.

Mammoth has provisioned the self-healing fiber backbone with connectivity points in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado.

This middle-mile service allows internet service providers to access the network and offer an alternate path in these counties to ensure the highest degree of network uptime.

Prior to Mammoth’s route, service providers in these counties have been provisioned along a single path, making them vulnerable to outages when a single fiber optic line is cut.

“Having redundant backbone fiber paths is essential to ensuring the economic viability of these communities. We have all experienced the impacts of backbone fiber cuts that bring business and critical communications to a halt,” said Evan Biagi, Vice President of Colorado Operations for Mammoth Networks. “All of us are dependent on having connectivity, and this new network will allow us to overcome these situations.”

Most of the middle-mile fiber routes used to build Mammoth’s redundancy were already in existence. Mammoth worked with multiple carriers to piece the elements together in a way that would create a ring, including the construction of fiber by San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative. The resulting fiber route also extends diversity to the San Luis Valley, and includes services out of South Fork, Monte Vista and Alamosa, Colorado.  San Luis Valley Rural Electric Coop’s broadband division, Ciello, will also benefit from the fiber ring.

The completion of this project is in part the result of a commitment from Crestone-based internet provider Colorado Central Telecom (CCT) to be the anchor tenant. The new middle-mile route will provide additional regional diversity on CCT’s network, which spans Lake County, Chaffee County and the upper San Luis Valley.

“We feel it is our obligation to build redundancy into our network,” said Ralph Abrams, founder and CEO of Colorado Central Telecom. “This is an expense that other providers may not invest in, but we want to differentiate ourselves as the premier provider in the region.”

CCT’s network will be operational when fiber is cut, adding a supplementary layer of redundancy to the provider’s network and benefitting the thousands of local homes and businesses that depend on CCT’s internet service.

CCT uses local fiber optic lines as well as fixed wireless to deliver services to customers throughout the central Colorado region. CCT has also deployed a microwave path to further incorporate redundancy into its network.

CCT’s first client came online April 4, 2012. After rapid growth in northern San Luis Valley, the company expanded into the Upper Arkansas River Valley at the urging of the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation. Monarch Mountain — the company’s first client in Chaffee County — was brought online January 1, 2013. Colorado Central Telecom currently has more than 2,600 clients throughout Lake County, Chaffee County and the upper San Luis Valley.