The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has dismissed a complaint filed by the Town of Silverton against telecom giant Qwest, but has ordered the company to monitor its infrastructure serving Silverton and provide test data to the commission.
The complaint centered on Qwest’s failure to provide a fiber-optic link to town and a more reliable 911 service.
The town is currently served by a microwave link with limited capacity.
“This is obviously not the outcome we had hoped for,” said Silverton Trustee Pat Swonger. “It’s definitely a disappointment.”
But he said the town’s complaint resulted in more awareness that Silverton is the only county seat in the state not hooked directly to a fiber-optic network.
“We’ve been wildly successful in gaining public recognition of our situation,” Swonger said.
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