Latest News – January 11

Lake County Connect: Wired and Informed!

They’re back! The broadband folks, more formally known as Lake County Connect, are regrouping in the new year and have scheduled their next meeting for Tuesday, Jan 22 at 9 a.m. at Colorado Mountain College’s Climax Building, room 403.

LakeCountyConnectSo what is broadband? It’s a simple enough compound word, but its impact on the Leadville/Lake County Community is much more complicated. By definition, broadband is the transmission of those signals and data, ultimately the “cable” that makes it all possible.

And when you consider all of the technologies that people have come to depend on for day-to-day living both personal and business-related, broadband is becoming more of an essential than a luxury. Cell Phones – check. Internet – check. Running credit cards for business purchases – check. Downloading movies – check.  School work – check. Medical procedures and reports – check. The list seems endless. Slowly, small rural communities like Leadville have become increasing dependent on broadband.

In fact, some compare Broadband to what electricity meant to communities back in the mid-1800s, when everyone’s life changed with the invention of illumination.  Could it be THAT important?

Well, there’s enough of a concern that this small group of local residents and business people have formed a group to gather data concerning broadband. What is available to us? Will there be enough broadband to meet future needs?  How do we tap into the “backbone” of fiber optic cable that’s buried down the center of Harrison Avenue? What are neighboring rural communities doing concerning broadband? 

Peak your interest? Join the group on the Jan. 22 meeting. Otherwise if you are unable to attend these meetings, but want to keep up on the topic, you may visit

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