How a rural subdivision found a path to faster internet

How a rural subdivision found a path to faster internet

3½-year effort by Deer Valley residents pays off with state grant
Neighbors in the Deer Valley subdivision, located about 6 miles east of Bayfield, banded together in a quest to improve their slow internet service. Their efforts paid off. A $593,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies will finance infrastructure that is expected to provide the neighborhood with internet speeds of 50 megabytes per second.
Local connection

More than 50 local government officials, candidates for office and residents filled the Cortez City Council chambers on Feb. 20 to discuss the goal of broadband for Montezuma County.
County and municipal governments have been working to bring fast, affordable internet into Southwest Colorado for several years, but funds to install the infrastructure have been elusive.
Speakers seemed to agree that rural areas need internet – for residents, business, education, the economy and health care – but no clear solution emerged.
Cortez plans a feasibility study this year to decide whether “fiber to the home” is a realistic goal.
In the end, Mayor Karen Sheek urged the audience to support local solutions to broadband, and to vote for more change at the state and federal level.
To read more, go to http://bit.ly/2tkQMGE at The-Journal.com.

How a rural subdivision found a path to faster internet

Neighbors in the Deer Valley subdivision, located about 6 miles east of Bayfield, banded together in a quest to improve their slow internet service. Their efforts paid off. A $593,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies will finance infrastructure that is expected to provide the neighborhood with internet speeds of 50 megabytes per second.
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