To the FORETHOUGHT.net (Brainstorm, and San Isabel Telecom) Team, our hard work over the past few years has resulted in our being recognized as one of the 5,000 Fastest Growing companies in the US.
Our company supports widespread, and low or no cost, peering between carriers, and has for over 20 years. This provides lower cost and higher performance and reliability for our customers. “As a nonprofit interconnection platform, IX-Denver received support from FORETHOUGHT.net, an independent internet, cloud, hosted PBX and phone service provider serving the Denver Metro and rural Colorado market. FORETHOUGHT.net provided the switch and direct connectivity between IX-Denver’s Champa Street location and EdgeConneX’s Edge Data Center campus, located in the heart of the Denver technology center.” https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180815005434/en/EdgeConneX%C2%AE-Enhances-Interconnectivity-Denver-Edge-Campus-IX-Denver
Why Did Eagle-Net Fail? There are several reasons why EagleNet failed. This article series will explore my analysis of the reasons for it, and hopefully provide important context for decision-makers currently considering various PPP (Public-Private Partnerships) models. FORETHOUGHT.net strongly believes there is a role for government to play in expanding broadband availability. However, it will be critical to do PPP right – and to learn from our mistakes – to achieve beneficial results, and avoid wasting the taxpayer’s money. As the private part of public-private partnerships, we believe we have a moral obligation to be good stewards of the people’s money. First, some background, for those who may not be familiar with EagleNet. EagleNet was an Inter-Governmental Agreement among school districts in Colorado, to create an entity to foster broadband connectivity to schools. To achieve this goal, they sought and won a $100 Million grant from the federal NTIA, and… read more →
FORETHOUGHT.net announced that it is in the process of establishing peering at IX-WEST at Denver. IX-WEST is Denver’s newest peering point – special data centers where different Internet Providers connect to each other to exchange traffic. FORETHOUGHT.net was a pioneer of peering in the Denver Metro Area, and has maintained consistent peering point connectivity since the mid 1990s, when a small group of local ISPs got together to directly exchange traffic to save money, and to improve the user experience. Today FORETHOUGHT.net peers at: CoreSite Any2 Denver EdgeConnex Denver FORETHOUGHT.net brings the power and efficiency of its extensive peering, by providing wholesale IP at amazing prices to other ISPs all over Colorado and New Mexico.
I am thrilled to announce that FORETHOUGHT.net will be developing a true fiber to the home network in the Cascade Village community north of Durango, Colorado near the Purgatory ski resort. There are over 200 homes in this community. The project design involves extending fiber from Purgatory to Cascade Village, then installing fiber cable directly to each home in Cascade Village. In addition to offering true Gigabit Fiber Internet to every housing unit that is part of Cascade Village, we will provide telephone service, and, a little later in the year, beautiful HD quality TV programming over the Internet connection. We brought together an incredible coalition dedicated to dramatically changing the broadband landscape in rural Colorado. We received more than 60 letters of support from the community – residents, businesses, county and local governments, and the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments. Project funding comes from the Colorado Broadband Fund, Cascade… read more →
I am proud that FORETHOUGHT.net has been selected to be the Internet Service Provider for the Lake County School District, in Leadville, Colorado. We have been working to develop our market in Leadville and surrounding areas – including in Leadville, at nearby Red Cliff, Colorado. In this project, the Lake Couunty School District will not only receive Gigabit Fiber Internet five times faster than their previous provider at a fraction of the cost – but, they saved so much money that they were able to additionally invest in a new fiber network that will connect several other school sites together on a private, dark fiber WAN. We look forward to serving Lake County Schools, and, continuing to bring modern, gigabit fiber Internet to Leadville. http://www.lakecountyschools.net/
I am proud that FORETHOUGHT.net has been selected to be the Internet Service Provider for the Durango 9-R Schools. This builds on a long relationship we have had with 9-R via our subsidiary, Brainstorm Internet, based in beautiful Durango, Colorado. This was made possible through the incredible hard work my team has been doing over the past several years to completely rebuild and upgrade our regional backbone network in Western Colorado. Our backbone is redundant, fast, and utilizes state of the art router technology including MPLS. https://www.durangoschools.org/
FORETHOUGHT.net is proud to announce the availability of Gigabit Fiber Internet services at Traer Creek Plaza – 0101 Fawcett Rd, Avon – and The Village at Avon. The result of a unique partnership with Traer Creek, the owner and developer of The Village, FORETHOUGHT.net is now offering the very first Gigabit Fiber Internet available anywhere in Eagle County. Traer Creek Plaza is a gorgeous mixed-use office and retail property in the heart of Avon – and now with FORETHOUGHT.net Gigabit Fiber Internet, it is the best-connected commercial property in Eagle County, and, the place to be if your business needs the absolute best Internet connectivity available. https://www.traercreek.com/traer-creek-plaza In addition to blazing fast Internet, FORETHOUGHT.net offers a variety of Voice-over-IP and Layer 2 WAN connectivity services on its network. Actual speed test from Traer Creek Plaza:
Unfortunately, more and more, we are seeing resistance by property management companies for both residential and commercial property managers to deny their tenants access to the telecommunications provider of their choice. While we understand that property managers are often overworked, and don’t have a vested direct interest in the telecom business, the increasing refusal to work with telecoms is causing real problems for businesses like our customers. Just earlier this week, a property manager flat-out told us, and one of our customers (and their tenant) that “There’s enough fiber in here, use one of those”, denying their tenant their choice. We recommend that businesses seeking new office space, demand the inclusion of language along these lines into any lease agreement: “Landlord shall, so long as there is no direct cost to landlord, allow and facilitate Tenant to bring in the telecommunications provider of their choice.” It is I think often… read more →
This is a recording of a Facebook live video stream from Red Cliff Colorado’s Town Hall. https://www.facebook.com/VailNews/videos/10155149251819646/