Can’t Get Online? Ridgway Meeting to Consider Solutions
by Watch Staff
Apr 12, 2012 | 1201 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RIDGWAY - Community leaders on the Western Slope, organized as “Operation Linkup” will host a public meeting on Monday, April 16, to share information about the status of their effort to bring broadband to the entire region.

The event, at the Ridgway 4-H Community Events Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is open to the public and free. Expert speakers will discuss different aspects of rural broadband, improving bandwidth, and connectivity for Western Slope communities.

Speakers and attendees will include representatives from local and regional utility companies, economic development organizations, the Colorado Office of Information Technology, EAGLE-Net Alliance and successful partnerships that have improved bandwidth infrastructure in other rural areas.

“We’re bringing many of the top broadband experts in Colorado to Ridgway for this event,” said Ouray County Commissioner Lynn Padgett.  “This is great opportunity for people to gain an understanding of our current broadband issues and ways we can improve connectivity on the Western Slope.”

“Significant progress is being made in addressing many of our collective broadband issues,” said San Juan County Commissioner Pete McKay.   “Regional conferences provide attendees a lot of current information in one place, without travelling to distant locations.”  

Operation Linkup is a regional coalition of governments, non-profit agencies, businesses and individuals working to improve broadband infrastructure, bandwidth and services in Colorado.  For more Information on the Operation Linkup: Spring Summit 2012 is available online at .

Attendees are advised to come at least 15 minutes early.  An optional $10 boxed lunch will be available to order and have delivered at noon.

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April 13, 2012
I can't make the meeting so I'll try emailing a commissioner as well as this comment:

The situation is particularly bad in Norwood. Lots of drop outs, very slow speed (high school dependent); definitely not getting our money's worth.

Captive to a lousy system. Norwood is on the 'bad' side of the digital divide (but on the good side of Dallas Divide...couldn't help that. :) ).