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PitCo to provide broadband and update emergency radio

Dec 12, 2016

In November, voters allowed Pitkin County to provide broadband services.

The county is now killing two birds with one stone: They’re going to update emergency radio technology, which they will, in turn, use to get broadband into the Crystal and Fryingpan River drainages.

Jon Peacock is the Pitkin County manager; he said Pitkin is one of a few counties in Colorado that hasn’t yet updated to the “national standard” for public safety radio.


“It’s not new technology, but I think the combination in order to both provide for public safety radio as well as broadband services for the community is a unique combination,” he said.

 

Last Thursday, the state gave the county $900,000 towards the project, which is estimated to cost $2.5 million.