High-Speed Internet Comes To Rural Colorado

High-Speed Internet Comes To Rural Colorado


MESS WITH TRASH EVERYWHERE. THE CITY WILL START ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS FOR THE PERMIT TUESDAY.>OUR REPORTS ARE MEANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANT STORIES ALL OVER OUR STATE NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE. TODAY, WE TAKE YOU TO NORTHEAST COLORADO AND A SMALL COMMUNITY OF WRAY. IT IS NOT FAR FROM THE NEBRASKA AND KANSAS BOARDERS. THAT IS YOUR PEOPLE ARE COMING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY HAS ACCESS TO HIGH-SPEED INTERNET. DILLON THOMAS SHOWS US THE MODERN CONVENIENCE CAN BE A REAL CHALLENGE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. Reporter: WRAY, COLORADO IS A RELATIVELY SMALL PLACE. THEY PLAY A PIVOTAL ROLE IN PROVIDING PLACES LIKE THE DENVER METRO AREA WITH FRESH PRODUCE. THEY SAY THEY ARE SIMPLY FALLING BEHIND WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO STAYING AHEAD OF TECHNOLOGY. THEY ARE TAKING ONE ASPECT OF IT INTO THEIR OWN HANDS. WORK IS ALREADY WELL UNDERWAY TO BRING THE SMALL TOWN OF WRAY, COLORADO SERVICES WHICH THE DENVER METRO AREA HAS HAD FOR YEARS LIKE RELIABLE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET. WE FALL BEHIND ON NEARLY EVERY STATE OF OUR COMMUNITY. Reporter: CITY MANAGER GAMES TO QUEUE SAYS THE COMMUNITY DOES NOT DRAW ATTENTION FROM MAJOR INTERNET PROVIDERS WHICH IN TURN IS HURTING THEIR ABILITY TO KEEP UP TO SPEED WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY IN THEIR HOSPITALS, BUSINESSES AND EVEN IN THEIR SCHOOLING. IT GOES ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE RESIDENTIAL LEVEL FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND CAPABILITIES TO STREAM MOVIES AND HAVE A WIRELESS, SMART THERMOSTAT IN YOUR HOUSE. THAT IS WHY MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF RESIDENTS VOTED IN FAVOR FOR OPTING OUT. THEY GIVE THE TOWN A CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND CREATING THEIR OWN FIBER- OPTIC SERVICE. RONNIE PUCKETT IS THE GENERAL MANAGER. THE COMPANY IS NOW TRANSFORMING WRAY BY LAYING FIBER TO ALL THE RESIDENCE WITHIN CITY LIMITS. FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN, WE WILL BE COMFORTABLE IF NOT BETTER IN SOME PLACES. THEY HOPE A NEW BROADBAND SERVICE WILL ALSO ONE DAY ATTRACT MORE BUSINESSES TO THE SMALL EASTERN PLAINS COMMUNITY. IT IS A SMALL, RURAL COMMUNITY. PEOPLE LIVE HERE BECAUSE THEY LOVE THEIR WAY OF LIFE. IT DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES AND THE CAPABILITIES THAT OTHERS IN MORE URBAN AREAS HAVE. Reporter: THE TOWN OF WRAY HOPES TO HAVE THIS ENTIRE

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