TOWN OF RIDGWAY Internet speeds get faster in Ridgway
Friday, 12 July 2013 04:37
By Sheridan Block
Ridgway residents can now experience more than double the connection speed for their Internet services through CenturyLink.
The area's Internet service provider expanded its high-speed Internet services to residential and business customers in Ridgway last month, boosting connection speeds up to 40 Mbps in select areas.
"CenturyLink is focused on improving and expanding broadband availability and increasing connectivity speeds to customers in Colorado," said Penny Larson, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for southern and western Colorado. "We understand how important it is for our customers to have access to fast, affordable Internet service so CenturyLink has made broadband availability a priority."
Western Colorado representative Randy Krause said that service speeds will vary depending on the area. Generally, the closer users are to CenturyLink's equipment, the better the service.
As part of the $70 million merger agreement made with Qwest two years ago, CenturyLink has been working to provide high-speed Internet services to underserved areas in rural Colorado, including Ridgway, Ouray and Silverton. Using money from the agreement, the company was able to change and update equipment to increase service speeds in Ridgway so far.
According to Krause, Silverton currently has speeds at about 12 Mbps delivered through microwaves. Because the area is less populated than Ouray and Ridgway, Krause said the company is trying to make the best investment based on return. Residents trying to figure out their connection speed can call a representative and have their speed checked based on their location to the equipment.
Log Hill residents received a notice that the area has been upgraded from traditional copper equipment to a fiber-optic based network service. Log Hill will be upgraded to the new fiber optic network in August, which will allow residents to opt for faster Internet speeds if they choose. There will be no additional charge for the change.
Fiber optic cables are more robust and allow for faster speeds. The upgraded equipment will provide more actual and accurate speeds people are expecting to receive, said Krause.
"We're just trying to make sure everybody has an opportunity to connect to the Internet," he said. "We know there are areas where Internet is just not available with the technology we provide… We're doing everything we can to get everybody at least connected through this type of technology."