YVEA Receives Grant to Expand Fiber Infrastructure

In late October, Steamboat Springs-based Yampa Valley Electric announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to YVEA and its fiber subsidiary, Luminate Broadband, to expand fiber internet service in northwestern Colorado.

The USDA will provide funding to YVEA/Luminate through its ReConnect program to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network. This will connect 264 rural households, 27 farms and ranches, 27 businesses, and three post offices to high-speed internet. With this funding, YVEA/Luminate will construct 200 miles of middle mile fiber to connect northwest Coloradans in Routt, Moffat and Eagle counties.