Editorial: Plugged in
July 14, 2010
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.