In 2015, recognizing the lack of adequate broadband services and the impact on the economic development viability of our communities, Region 10 members requested and received funding from Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to develop a regional broadband implementation plan. As a result, an innovative and cost-effective plan was developed to improve the broadband infrastructure within the region.
In the time since this plan was developed, much of what was conceived is now a reality. Region 10 is among the innovative community leaders that has made unprecedented strides in establishing a fiber network for its communities.
This network provides an innovative, highly leveraged plan to provide abundant and redundant services to the community that utilizes existing networks, prevents overbuild, and brings affordable services into the region.
The project works with a number of partners including Delta/Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), Tri-State Generation, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison County Electric Association, Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Economic Development Administration (EDA), and our local governments to develop the network.
If you have questions about service in your area please contact Virgil.
Services driving opportunity.
Thus far, the project has built or obtained access to more than 200 miles of infrastructure, connecting from Grand Junction to Nucla, that provides access to the communities of Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Olathe, and Hotchkiss. We are currently working on completing connections to Cedaredge, Crawford, Paonia, Crested Butte, Ouray, and Ridgway, in conjunction with San Miguel County to reach Norwood, Telluride, and Mountain Village. As the project reaches these communities, private internet service providers can access service at a central location in the community to provide service to businesses and residents.
Meet Virgil Turner
Region 10’s Broadband Project Director
From police officer to network and information technology manager to innovation and citizen engagement director for the City of Montrose, Virgil has been instrumental in increasing access to and the affordability of broadband services beyond Montrose and into communities throughout western Colorado. He has a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in information technology that has earned him the reputation of being a trusted advisor and statewide powerhouse for the deployment of rural broadband.
Virgil is an alumnus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Execs program and the Rocky Mountain Institute. He has served on numerous community boards throughout his career, including the Montrose Area Telecommunication Group/Virtual Montrose, Western Colorado Council of the Boy Scouts of America, FORE Alliance, All Points Transit, Time Bank of the Rockies, and NuVista Federal Credit Union.