Construction of a $3.4 million fiber-optic link between Silverton and Durango will happen next year, officials with Eagle-NET told state legislators last week.
The long-awaited project would relieve a bottleneck for bandwidth in town. Currently Silverton is served by a series of microwave towers, limiting the amount of data entering (or leaving) Silverton, resulting in slow Internet speeds.
Mike Ryan, president of Eeagle-NET Alliance, the $100 million project to expand open-access fiber-optics networks to school districts throughout the state, told the Legislative Audit Committee that engineering on the Durango-Silverton link should be complete this year, with construction in 2014.
But Ryan acknowledged Eagle-NET is running low on money, and will not be able to reach the towns of Creede, Lake City, Naturita and Nucla.
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