Ting’s directional drill machine is used to dig the holes for installation of Ting’s conduit, which is placed six to eight feet underground. Courtesy photo
BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
Front yard rights of way. Transmitting messages via light. A ring around all of Centennial.
It all sounds very new-age. And it is. These are all concepts that relate to Ting, a major player in today’s communications industry. At the center of executing these ideas is Mark Gotto, former Centennial Councilman. Gotto’s title is “city manager” for Ting’s Centennial operations.
It is difficult to even imagine what the next generation of communications will bring. Right now, Ting is getting set up to be a major internet player in Centennial by offering amazing speeds through its gigabit service.
The rights of way have to do with Ting’s digging in areas that many residents have not realized exist on their property. Generally, for properties inside a city, the municipal entity has a right of way (a license) for use (but not ownership) of the front of the property, for two to four feet. If there is a strip of land at the front of the property, then a sidewalk, then the property, there generally is a right of way inside the sidewalk.
As Ting has been installing conduit to convey information, some residents have been distressed by the digging on the right of way. What residents may not realize is that the conduit that is being laid (six to eight feet underground) likely will result in a 3 percent increase in the value of their property, according to Ting. Gotto concedes that some residents have complained about the digging on the right of way that extends into their yards. He states that Ting tries its best to restore the property at the conclusion of the digging.
Eventually, within the next few years, there should be fiber optic conduit laid all-around the City of Centennial, which is one of five Ting cities throughout the United States, primarily in the east. What distinguishes Centennial is that it is easily the biggest of the Ting cities. The others are Charlottesville, Va., Westminster, Md., Holly Springs, N.C., and Sandpoint, Idaho. The populations of these other municipalities range from 7,984 for Sandpoint, to 45,597 for Charlottesville.
In Centennial, population 109,932, Ting is in the process of building a warehouse on Broncos Parkway, in the southern part of the city. That warehouse won’t be finished until early 2019. So for now, Gotto works out of his home.
Ting, which is affiliated with Tucows, the second largest domain company in the world, has two sides. One is Ting mobile services. The other is Ting internet services.
A veteran of 20 years in the telecom world, Gotto lives in Centennial with his two elementary-aged children and his wife. He notes that, in Centennial, the fiber conduits are now being installed in Willow Creek, filings Numbers 1, 2 and 3, Walnut Hills, and Hunter Hills. The next neighborhoods to get the fiber installations will be based on the number of residents in the neighborhood who have pre-ordered fiber service.
Ting is a sponsor of community events in all of its cities. For more information, contact Gotto at email@example.com or call him at (303) 396-8388, or go to Ting.com.
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