A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train crosses the Animas River and approaches Silverton amid an explosion of fall colors on Kendall Mountain.
A $100-million federal grant to a Colorado consortium to provide lower cost, higher speed Internet access to school districts throughout the state may — or may not — bring a fiber optics line to Silverton.
Officials with EAGLE-Net attended the telecommunications summit at Silverton Town Hall on Monday, along with about 50 others interested in the issue.
But EAGLE-Net officials, while acknowledging they have drafted plans to bring a fiber-optics link to town, indicated that they were not yet sure if they would actually follow through on that plan.
Silverton is the only county seat in the state without a fiber-optics telecommunications link. The town relies on a series of microwave towers to connect to the outside world.
Operation Linkup, a local group trying to improve telecom access to Silverton, hosted the summit on Monday.
County Commissioner Pete McKay said the community’s 11-year effort to get a fiber-optics line to town has been aggravating at times but he feels momentum is building to at last get the job done.
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