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Pitkin and Garfield Counties are working together to expand broadband to remote areas of their counties by creating the Garfield Pitkin Broadband Authority Board. 

At the joint work session on Tuesday, Pitkin County and Garfield County approved moving forward with the formal creation of the board, which will be responsible for the long-term operations of the fixed-wireless broadband service. 

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High-speed internet service is like water in a pipe, and in some parts of the Roaring Fork Valley, internet speeds are more of a slow drip than a steady flow.  Pitkin County is working to change that. On Monday, new, high-speed internet service becomes available in some harder-to-reach places. 

Pitkin County Looks For Internet Providers

Feb 14, 2019

Pitkin County and its broadband partner, Mammoth Networks, want to connect residents in the far-reaches of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys to to high-speed internet.

Valley's Wireless Phone Service Uses Comcast

Sep 28, 2018
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An internet outage earlier this week also disrupted cellular service because the two are intertwined.

Pitkin and Garfield counties will share broadband equipment to get Internet to their rural areas.

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back net neutrality laws that prevent Internet providers from favoring certain websites over others.

Broadband issues are on the ballot this election

Nov 1, 2017
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Turnout is expected to be low for the Nov. 7 election. That’s largely because there is no statewide ballot question to help generate excitement for or against an issue.

About one third of Colorado cities and towns are holding elections on Nov. 7. The most common question voters will face is whether to allow their community to explore other options for receiving broadband.

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On Tuesday, construction workers outside Carbondale were digging a natural gas pipeline and accidentally chopped through a fiber optic cable.

Cut cable leaves valley without communication

Oct 10, 2017
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When a CenturyLink fiber-optic cable was cut in Carbondale on Tuesday, many in the valley lost phone and Internet service.

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Garfield County has a plan to improve their broadband, and the first priority is to reach the remotest parts of the county, where Internet is slowest.  

Handful of ballot measures set for PitCo voters

Aug 7, 2017
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This Fall, ballots will include school board elections for the Aspen and Roaring Fork School Districts, as well as finance questions from the Carbondale Fire District and the Starwood metro district. Snowmass Village is asking voters to opt out of municipal broadband restrictions. Colorado Mountain College Aspen has candidate races and two issues to put to voters.

Eagle County strategizes on broadband

Jul 31, 2017

On Tuesday, Eagle County’s commissioners will discuss how best to educate voters on broadband.

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In the November 2016 election, voters opted out of SB-152. This is the law that hobbled local governments from providing broadband services.

Garfield County’s Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to pay Xcel Energy just under $325,000 to power up one of their new radio towers.

Donovan broadband measures hung up on party lines

Mar 30, 2017
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   Kerry Donovan D-5 represents a portion of the Western Slope, including Aspen and Basalt in the Colorado Statehouse.

Hickenlooper talks broadband, transportation

Jan 10, 2017
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Improving roads, easing traffic congestion and making broadband available to all parts of Colorado are some of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s top priorities for the upcoming legislative session that begins Wednesday.

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

Valley Roundup for Nov. 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016
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Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

 

The results are in from Tuesday’s election. We talk nationally, regionally and locally about how ballot issues and candidate races shook out.

Local 2016 election results are in 

So, what does a Donald Trump presidential win mean for the Roaring Fork Valley?

Impact of Trump’s election echoes around the valley

What to do about SB-152?

Nov 4, 2016

If voters in Garfield County, Aspen and Carbondale want out of Senate Bill 152, now is their chance; it’s on the ballot.

Valley Roundup for June 10, 2016

Jun 10, 2016
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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

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  An Aspen-based business group now hopes to rally more private sector interest in improving internet speed in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Garfield County wants feedback about broadband

May 18, 2016
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Garfield County is taking a look at broadband, and officials want to know what internet access is like for residents and business owners.

Broadband enters phase two

Jan 31, 2016

 Living in rural Pitkin County may no longer mean living without Internet.

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One question on the fall ballot asks Pitkin County voters to opt out of a state law, so better broadband service can be explored. Right now, many rural enclaves have poor service or no internet connection at all. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Public broadband question placed on fall ballot

Sep 1, 2015

The Pitkin County Board of commissioners gave their unanimous support last night for a ballot measure that would allow government distribution of telecommunication services including cable TV and high-speed internet.

Pitkin County making headway with broadband effort

May 8, 2015
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Reliable internet service in parts of Pitkin County is a problem officials have heard about from their constituents, and an overall broadband plan is getting closer to reality. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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Residents frustrated with slow internet speeds in Old Snowmass showed up to a Pitkin County Commissioner’s meeting Wednesday. 

Katie Murch is co-director at the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Old Snowmass. Through an interpreter, she told commissioners slow internet makes the organization look unprofessional. An online service that video streams her signing barely works.

Intepreter Kyle Larson: "Because of the internet service it’s blurry, it freezes. A one minute conversation can take ten minutes because of the internet service and it looks bad."