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Tentative date of Nov. 17 set for broadband speed internet in Red Cliff

Red Cliff built an 80-foot communications tower in 2016 to receive a signal for broadband-speed internet from nearby Ski Cooper. A tentative date of Nov. 17, 2017, has been set forth by Century Link for that signal to go live, said Mayor Anuschka Bales.

RED CLIFF — The effort has taken years to come together, but if every everything goes to plan, residents of this town of less than 300 will have broadband-speed internet by next week.

The Red Cliff Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to finalize plans. At that meeting, Mayor Anuschka Bales told the Vail Daily their provider was completing the installation, and a tentative date of Friday, Nov. 17, had been set forth by Century Link.

"It's coming soon," she said. "But it's not soon if you consider that this has been years in the making."

EXTENSIVE NEGOTIATIONS

“It’s very expensive for us to have what most people would think of as basic communication. In my household, I pay for satellite internet, satellite television, a land line, and cell phones for myself and my husband. It costs us $500 per month.”Anuschka BalesMayor, Red Cliff

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The wireless internet signal will be beamed in from Forest Land at nearby Ski Cooper, which has a tower that can send a signal to Red Cliff. Red Cliff had to construct its own tower to receive the signal, which they did, in 2016. Since then, negotiations with the Forest Service and others have needed to come together to bring the internet from Ski Cooper to the tower and finally to homes.

Customers in Red Cliff who want the internet must have a 1-inch by 4-inch by 6-inch box installed on their houses, which will receive the signal from their tower.

"Residents have started to pre-sign up for the service already," Bales said.

Representatives from Century Link plan on attending the town's community Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.

"We will schedule instillations at that time," Bales said.

COST SAVINGS

Herself a Red Cliff homeowner, Bales said having the internet will cut costs on her home communications budget significantly, and expects the situation will be the same with many families in Red Cliff.

"It's very expensive for us to have what most people would think of as basic communication," she said. "In my household, I pay for satellite internet, satellite television, a land line, and cell phones for myself and my husband," she said. "It costs us $500 per month."

The satellite internet will allow her to send and receive email, but not much else, Bales said.

"It's awful," she said. "All I have to do is drive out of town and I get a vastly better signal from my truck on Highway 24."

Broadband-speed internet will allow her to eliminate the telephone land line, satellite internet and even the satellite television.

"It would be a savings of approximately $250 per month for us," she said.