FremontConnect invites the community to jump on the broadband wagon.
A team of local businesses, community leaders, government representatives, interested citizens and the Governor's Office of Information Technology formed the FremontConnect initiative to take a look at current Internet service and to develop a comprehensive plan to provide reliable and affordable Internet access through broadband services.
FremontConnect recently received a recommendation from a telecommunications consultant on whether or not implementing a Carrier Neutral Location -- a room owned by a public agency or organization that is used to allow middle-mile broadband service providers to co-locate their services so they can provide broadband services to last-mile providers -- would be worth an investment of about $150,000.
The consultant determined that because of the lack of last-mile demand at the proposed Garden Park Learning Center location, coupled with the willingness of middle-mile carriers to extend their networks to wireless Internet service provider locations for middle-mile access, it would be prudent to forego CNL construction at this time.
"We're not going to do a CNL, at least not in town," said Judy Lohnes, executive director of the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments and FremontConnect representative. "Because of the tree lines around town, it's tough to hook wireless providers into additional last miles; it's tough for them to do that from the city center, they need to be somewhere where there's less obstruction."
However, two middle-mile providers may be tied into the Cañon City School District to host a mini CNL site.
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