October 31, 2013
Bayfield Boasts Broadband Speed with FastTrack's Fiber Optics Cable
By Mandira Srivastava
FastTrack Communications, a Durango, CO-based regional fiber optics transport company, has built a multi-year fiber optics cable that will provide high speed broadband connectivity to residents of Bayfield.
With this announcement, the Bayfield School District will be the first to enjoy the increased bandwidth.
Kelly Hebbard, FastTrack general manager, noted that in the early 2000s the company had constructed a fiber “ring” in Bayfield that connected all the schools. “The school district really was the impetus for getting the fiber to Bayfield, but the only way we could get them to the Internet was through a couple of [smaller] T-1 circuits, and they only had six megabits per second of Internet service for the entire district. Now they have 100 megs of bandwidth, and the schools and the kids are getting everything they need.”
The Bayfield fiber build-out is on schedule to be completed on timely basis due to cooperation and collaboration of LPEA’s distribution system in La Plata County.
This new broadband connectivity will boost the learning experience of the students. Bill Bishop, technology director with the school district said, “The new connectivity has allowed us to expand in both curriculum and infrastructure. We are now able to support 15 new mobile labs and offer distance learning opportunities to provide additional course offerings to our students. With so many resources online, adequate bandwidth was a must, and now we have it!”
“This now not only helps the school district, but it opens tremendous opportunities for existing businesses and future economic development for the town,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “Every business needs access to high speed connectivity these days.”
FastTrack now holds a “carrier neutral” central access point in Bayfield and this point gives the retail carriers (such as Internet service providers, cable companies, etc.) serving Bayfield the opportunity to enhance services to its customers.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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