Developing a Strong Economy for Delta County

 
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Broadband Now!

Why Fiber To The Home/Business (FTTH/B)


Affordable, reliable and fast broadband is not a luxury; it's a necessity.  Affordable broadband is a building block for healthy communities.  Currently Delta and Montrose Counties are being left behind which puts our economic future at grave risk.
  • Without it we will have fewer jobs.
  • Without it we will be known as an area without normal communication channels that are expected by employers and job seekers and for businesses to bring goods to the market.
  • Without it we are isolated from new models of economic and civic participation.
  • Broadband is a fundamental consumer need and rural communities are being left behind, just as it was in early last century when rural communities did not have access to electricity - which birthed rural electrical co-ops.

Why Fiber?

  • Fiber offers more bandwidth, more reliability and more flexibility.
  • Fiber to the Home and Business is the only technology that will deliver enough bandwidth, reliably and at a low enough cost, to meet the consumer demands of the next decade.
  • Consumer bandwidth demands are growing at an enormously high rate.
  • We are competing again other small rural Colorado communities that are already on their way to becoming GigCommunities.
  • FTTH/B is not just for streaming Netflix but rather is a critical component to health care, education, public safety, agriculture, government and daily business operations.

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, over 70 citizens of Delta and Montrose counties and members of our co-op filled the DMEA Board meeting room to express the urgent need for affordable and reliable high-speed internet service to our homes and businesses, and to ask DMEA to take immediate action.


Delta County Economic Development, Inc. (DCED) Board President, Brad Harding, a fifth-generation member of a coal-mining family, opened the presentation by stating that the populations of both Delta and Montrose counties are declining as working-age families leave the area. Brad, who is also President of First Colorado National Bank, told DMEA that high-speed internet will help reverse these trends, helping our populations and schools to grow by attracting younger people who will bring jobs and children to this area.


Among those who spoke was long-time Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, who said that modern law enforcement needs modern communications to address public safety issues.


Jason Cleckler, Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator, said that doctors and health care professionals are handicapped by the current extremely slow internet speeds, and that all health care professionals could see as much as twice the number of patients if they had access to high-speed broadband service.


Modene Gaulke of the Montrose Association of Realtors, stated that realtors lose sales every day when potential buyers hear about the area’s poor internet service. New businesses especially shy away from Delta and Montrose counties because they lack this basic utility.


Anthony Cooper of Delta County School District said “Our family homes, schools and small business are struggling to receive proper internet speed. Families and businesses who want to move here... will not…. due to the lack of high speed internet. In a 21st century education system and economy, internet access is not a luxury. It is essential to building a new local economy.”

 

City of Montrose Mayor, Bob Nicholson, said that both counties suffer because they are not on a major highway. But, he continued, “we don’t have to be anywhere other than on the best highway for information. It’s silly not to just step forward and get that done,” he told DMEA.


City of Delta Mayor Ed Sisson told DMEA: “Delta is behind you all the way. We’ll work as a partner to try to figure out how to get high speed internet service to the area.”


Paonia Mayor, Neal Schwieterman, wrapped up the meeting by stating that he had never before seen such a united outpouring of support for an issue.


The meeting was organized by Delta County Economic Development, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving not only Delta County, but all of West-Central Colorado.


Remember WE are DMEA – it is OUR co-op.  Last century, co-ops were formed to provide electricity – a vital utility for rural communities, just as affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet is now vital if our counties are to thrive.


WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT BROADBAND NOW!

 

  • Contact the staff and board of DMEA (POB 809, Montrose, CO 81401 or www.dmea.com).
  • Write letters to the editor of your newspaper; post your views on Facebook and other social media; talk to your friends about our future.
  • Make a tax-deductible contribution to Delta County Economic Development, Inc. to support the BROADBAND NOW! Initiative (DCED, PO Box 627, Delta, CO 81416).