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Hayden officials to review Internet infrastructure

— The Hayden Town Council on Thursday is expected to hear from an EAGLE-Net representative about the future of high-speed Internet access in the town.

EAGLE-Net has been working with more than $100 million in federal funds to help connect rural communities in Colorado and specifically schools. Steamboat Springs and Moffat County are among 29 school districts listed as priority projects in 2013.

Although the Hayden School District will not be directly linked this year, some proposed work that will be considered by the Town Council on Thursday could allow for connectivity in the future.

“There are a few long-term benefits,” Town Manager David Torgler said Wednesday.

The Town Council will hear staff reports beginning at 7 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

The proposal from EAGLE-Net will not cost the town any money. EAGLE-Net wants to install an equipment cabinet in back of Hayden Town Hall. The cabinet then would be linked to a fiber optic station on South Walnut Street.

In the near future, the town will work with EAGLE-Net to install conduit going up to Hospital Hill. The conduit would be laid during a scheduled sewer replacement project. Once the conduit is laid to Hospital Hill, EAGLE-Net will build a communication tower that can be used by multiple Internet carriers. According to EAGLE-Net, this would benefit residents because it would require the providers to offer competitive pricing.

The Hayden School District also could take advantage of the infrastructure in the future. Superintendent Mike Luppes said Wednesday that the school district would be exploring future options to increase bandwidth at the school.

“We think we have some good, fairly inexpensive alternatives to look at,” Luppes said.

In exchange for paying the permit fees to install the equipment behind Hayden Town Hall, EAGLE-Net has proposed providing Internet service to Hayden Town Hall for 10 years. That is valued at $748 per month.

In addition to the EAGLE-Net discussion, the Town Council will consider adopting an updated personnel policy, and police officer Erik Foster will take the oath of office. An executive session also is scheduled for the purpose of “determining positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations, developing strategy for negotiations and/or instructing negotiators.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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