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The need for high-speed community broadband has never been greater. Across the country, communities are determining how to develop broadband services to solve key issues facing them in the face of ongoing resistance from the large, incumbent carriers. How will we educate our youth in a 1:1 education environment? Can we resolve the Digital Divide that faces rural and economically disadvantaged residents? Is our communications infrastructure capable of attracting Gigabit Economy and entrepreneurial companies?

More and more cities, municipal utilities, and electric cooperatives are taking these challenges into their own hands by developing Community Broadband services. Called the “Fourth Utility” by some futurists, public bodies and public-private-partnerships are deploying gigabit-capable fiber and other high-speed services that help communities become future proof. HR Green’s professionals can help you unlock your infrastructure’s hidden value, build a roadmap to success, and help prepare your community for the future. Our unique mix of municipal experience and deep communications knowledge makes HR Green the ideal partner to optimize your approach and navigate through every step of the process.

HR Green is unique because we approach these initiatives both from a municipal and from a communications perspective. Our staff of City Management and engineering professionals have successfully managed the implementation of small- and large-scale fiber optic, and broadband deployment initiatives. This experience, coupled with a phased approach to implementation, delivers a solution that is cost-effective, schedule-sensitive, and localized to achieve your goals.

West Region Contact

David Zelenok, PE

West Region Contact
Ken Demlow
Central Region Contact

Kenneth Demlow

Central Region Contact
Lead Broadband Architect

John Monday

Lead Broadband Architect
Fiber + Broadband Practice Leader

Edward Barrett

Fiber + Broadband Practice Leader

Additional Resources

Bringing Broadband to Rural Users: Pikes Peak Region’s Rural Communities Looking for Broadband On-ramp – Posted with permission from The Gazette (Colorado), by Rachel Riley, May 13, 2018

The Push for Community Fiber and Broadband –  Edward Barrett, Senior Director & Practice Leader (page 5 – posted with permission from ILCMA)

Unnatural Evolution – Traffic Signals to Fiber Co-location to Gigabit Service  Dave Zelenok, PE (posted with permission from Iowa League of Cities, March 2017)

Is Additional Broadband Capacity Needed in Your Community? Authored by HR Green’s Dave Zelenok, PE,  Local Government Services Manager


Webinar Recorded 01/17/18: Learn from the Pros – Broadband Technology in Colorado – Dave Zelenok, PE and George Wentz, PE (posted with permission from the Colorado Municipal League, January 2018)


Webinar Recorded 12/19/17: Creating a Municipal Broadband Network in Colorado Communities – Dave Zelenok, PE, and Ed Barrett


Webinar Recorded 2/2/17: Leveraging Broadband Infrastructure to Enhance Municipal Services – David Pelser, PE, BCEE, and Dave Zelenok, PE


Webinar Recorded 12/7/16: Creating a Municipal Broadband Network in Your Community – Dave Zelenok, PE, and Ed Barrett


Webinar Recorded 5/8/18: Creating a Fiber Optic Network in Your Community – Ed Barrett and Dave Zelenok, PE 


Webinar Recorded 5/31/18: Top Ways Your Co-op Can Start Planning for the Future: Successful, Real World Steps Co-ops Have Taken in Broadband – Ken Demlow and John Monday

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