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Cedar Networks gauging interest outside downtown

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With the installation of high speed internet in the Carbondale core nearly complete, Cedar Networks is looking toward potential customers for a sense of where to expand next.

“We’re trying to see where the demand is and we’ll go in that direction,” Chief Business Development Officer Chris Stebner said.

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Last year, the Durango-based company began working with with “anchor institutions” like the Town of Carbondale and Roaring Fork School District to extend fiber access in the Roaring Fork Valley, and also began hooking up residential users with “last mile” connections to the main cables. For folks already in their service area, that could mean a $100 install followed by fiber internet for $60 a month with landlines available for an extra $10 monthly.

Speed tests run by The Sun reliably showed service above 80 Mbps both up and down, and up to 300 Mbps is possible.
Moreover, prospective customers might be drawn to the idea of a “Competitive Local Exchange Carrier” with offices in town in an era when net neutrality — the idea that all information transmitted over the internet should be treated equally by providers — is up for grabs federally.

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“We will always be a free, equal opportunity open access provider,” Stebner said. “We own the asset, we manage it and we provide the service.”
The company also hopes their redundant network will reduce the chance of outages like those seen in recent years.

This may all seem beside the point for folks outside the current service area, except that Cedar is currently taking “fiberhood” sign ups for areas like Redstone and River Valley Ranch. You can identify yourself as potential customer at www.cedarnetworks.com. Wherever enough folks sign up to make it economically viable, that’s probably where you’ll see your friendly neighborhood fiber man next.

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