Gigabit Broadband Internet
If you don't care about the commentary, scroll down and please take the surveys.
I've had countless discussions with more of you than I can remember and if there is one theme that comes up more than any other it's that you hate the Internet connectivity in Grand Junction. I sympathize. It's too often spotty and unreliable.
And it's slow! The fastest service reasonably available to my office is 100Mb fiber, up and down, and if I'm an exception it that I have faster options than most. Still, 100Mb is absurdly slow in a gigabit world ... but hey, at least it's expensive—at well over $1,000 a month. So instead I have 60Mb cable, that is when it's working.
We have an opportunity to change that!
The first step has been taken and it was a major victory: You and I voted to override Colorado Senate Bill 05-152, enabling the city to put some skin in the game. Note, that this almost certainly doesn't mean that we'll see a municipal internet in Grand Junction. But it does mean the city can take important action to encourage private capital improvements.
The Downtown Development Authority and the City of Grand Junction have commissioned a study with the aim of bringing gigabit broadband to Grand Junction, and they've asked for our help.
As business owners, entrepreneurs, creatives, makers, and leaders in this community, we have the opportunity to shape the direction our city's connectivity takes for the next decade or more. As a business owner myself, I would strongly encourage you to get involved. There are a number of things we need.
What To Do?
First, there are three surveys that have been put out to gauge the current state of our internet connectivity and to gather information about what we want. Please fill out each survey that applies to you and please forward and encourage others to do so as well.