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Fort Morgan, Colorado, announced Wednesday that Allo Communications will lease its fiber network and provide internet, TV and phone services to businesses and residents.

Allo Communications has signed up its first customer outside of Nebraska.

Officials from Fort Morgan, Colorado, announced Wednesday that the Lincoln-based company will provide high-speed internet, as well as TV and phone services, to every home and business in the city of more than 11,000 that's about 100 miles southwest of the Nebraska border.

The Fort Morgan City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to build a fiber network throughout the city and lease it to Allo.

Allo will have an initial lease term of 20 years, with two 10-year renewal options. It will take on responsibility for all costs beyond construction of the fiber network. After the initial 20-year lease, and again after each renewal period, Fort Morgan has the option to buy out Allo and take over management of the entire system.

“Allo was the best choice, because they were willing to work with the city to develop an agreement that is a partnership, which fits in with the city’s long-term goals for the fiber network and also allows Allo to be successful,” Fort Morgan Mayor Ron Shaver said in a news release.

The city completed the “backbone” portion of the fiber project this year, and construction of the access network is expected to begin early next year and continue for several months. Allo said it expects to start providing service in Fort Morgan by late 2018.

Allo, which got its start in Imperial in 2003, was bought by financial services company Nelnet in 2015 and currently is building a similar fiber network in Lincoln.

As of Sept. 30, Allo had more than 16,000 customers in Lincoln and six other Nebraska cities, a nearly 90 percent increase over the previous year. The company now has about 500 employees, the vast majority of those in Lincoln.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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