Editorial: Plugged in

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Craig Editorial Board, Jan. to March 2012

  • Al Cashion, community representative
  • Jeff Pleasant, community representative
  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Chris Nichols, community representative
  • Josh Roberts, newspaper representative

Our View

It’s no secret that Internet connection is a key piece of our community’s infrastructure and is vital to enhancing our economy. That local officials are participating in a committee designed to address connectivity is reassuring.

The word infrastructure tends to remind most of traditional public systems — roads, sewers, power, water lines, etc. — necessary for a community’s social and economic activity.

Not often does Internet service merit consideration.

A new committee is seeking to rectify that oversight.

The committee, which includes representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties, is seeking to enhance web services to rural areas of Northwest Colorado.

This committee, the Editorial Board contends, is a worthy, proactive endeavor that keeps an eye on the future and is necessary for expanding both economic development and improving residents’ quality of life.

It’s reassuring to board members that Moffat County is involved in such a committee, which is also assisting a state council designed to spread broadband access throughout the state.

The bottom line for our society today is that we’re almost wholly dependent on technology and the web.

From research and entertainment to communication and commerce, the web has changed the world around us and expanded user choice to a national and global scale.

When it comes to the Internet, users are limited only by their imaginations.

The Internet certainly comes with its share of problems and headaches — a loophole in taxing Internet sales is just one of many — but for the most part, it is a wonderful tool that should be readily available for anyone, and at a reasonable cost, no matter how remote of an area they live.

It seems, based on Moffat County’s participation in the broadband committee, that county officials recognize as much, and for this, they should be commended for attempting to move our community into the digital age.

Is the committee standard county business? No. Does Internet service fall under the same meat-and-potatoes definition of infrastructure? Not at all.

Is it just as important?

Ask most business owners how vital Internet access and high-speed capability is to networking, keeping up with competitors, and acquiring new clients and customers for your answer.

The Internet today is so vast, important and ever-changing that a committee designed to keep its’ fingers on the pulse of new online developments and offerings is an absolute must.

Comments

taxslave 4 years, 2 months ago

How many do not have internet? If you have a tv with a signal you have internet. What are we talking about here? Who in moffat county, and how many of them, do not have internet?

High speed cable comes with tv service. I guess I just don't get this one. One must also consider where the money comes from and what the catch is.

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native_craig_guy 4 years, 2 months ago

Taxslave, Outside of City Limits there is no cable.

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David Moore 4 years, 2 months ago

I am somewhat confused on this one as well. Anyone with a phone line has internet access. If you can manage to afford satellite TV, you have internet access. The article mentions community, like in town, which makes one believe that the problem is not only in the county but in the city as well. What are we so far behind in? What else is there that we don't have access to? I have no trouble using Quest DSL which is instantaneous as far as web surfing and purchasing, so I am not sure I understand the problem and the need for a committee to solve it. What am I missing here?

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native_craig_guy 4 years, 2 months ago

Why does the paper believe that the government or community needs to be providing all of these services. We live in a market economy and if a company or consumer desires faster internet access than they should get it. Here is the bottom line. No matter what anyone says (there are very few (i.e. none) "business execs" living in Craig or contributing to the EDP) Moffat County is simply not going to attract large businesses. We simply cannot compete with other areas of the state. We need to focus on attracting industrial support companies to the area, rather than blindly grasping at straws in an attempt to bring in a large company that does anything else. If you talk to a real business minded person (I am not talking about a guy that owns a car dealership, but some one who works for a large business) they will tell you the same thing. This is ridiculous.

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