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Nestled in a valley in the Colorado rockies, the city of Montrose has voted overwhelmingly to reestablish local authority over whether to build a municipal fiber network. With nearly 20,000 people, Montrose does have cable service from Charter and DSL from CenturyLink but neither service is meeting local needs.
Virgil Turner, Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement for the City, joins us in episode 95 of the Community Broadband [no-glossary]Bits[/no-glossary] podcast. We discuss the need for a better network and how the big cable and telephone companies have failed to meet local needs.
Montrose has all options on the table as it now plans to engage the public and determine how to move forward with possible investments to improve their access to the Internet.
View our other posts on Montrose here.
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