San Luis Valley to roll out fiber optic network to its members

On Nov. 20, San Luis Valley REC held a launch event for its new fiber optic Internet system, which will be available to all of its members.

On Nov. 20, San Luis Valley REC held a launch event for its new fiber optic Internet system, which will be available to all of its members.

Tri-State member, San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (Monte Vista, Colo.), recently held a launch event at its headquarters offices in Monte Vista to introduce the co-op’s new fiber optic telecommunications network that will provide high-speed Internet and telephone service to its members across the San Luis Valley.

The new system, called Ciello, an L.L.C. company that is owned and operated by the cooperative, has been stringing fiber on its distribution system for about 15 months and has completed more than half of the 300-mile network of the planned backbone telecommunications system, according to Loren Howard, manager of the southern Colorado electric co-op.

Last summer, the co-op launched a small pilot project in a residential area about three miles from the co-op offices with a goal of hooking up about a dozen homes to demonstrate the new system. During the next few months the co-op will begin offering Internet packages to residents of Creede, Colo.

Howard explained that soon, in addition to Internet service, the Ciello system will add phone service to the telecommunications packages that will be offered to its members.

 SLVREC manager, Loren Howard, says they are making excellent progress in building out their new fiber optic system across the San Luis Valley.


SLVREC manager, Loren Howard, says they are making excellent progress in building out their new fiber optic system across the San Luis Valley.

“In addition to providing our members with fast, reliable Internet service, which has not been available to many of our members in the valley, we are offering very competitive pricing that compares favorably to what people are paying in Denver and Colorado Springs,” said the co-op manager

.On Nov. 20, the co-op held a Ciello launch event that attracted nearly 100 co-op consumers to the co-op offices. Visitors at the launch party were treated to buffet luncheon, prizes and even a guest appearance from Tri-State’s Power, the symbol of the many ways that consumer-owned power brings comfort, convenience and productivity to our daily lives.

Guests at this event were also encouraged to visit with co-op staff on hand to demonstrate and explain the new fiber optic network and even take the new high-speed system on a little “test drive” on one of the co-op’s computer stations.

 

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