May 20, 2011 9:01 PM by Juice Godfrey
SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) - Silverton has lost its bid to force
Qwest Communications to complete a 16-mile fiber-optic link to the
small mountain town north of Durango.
A judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission has ruled
against Silverton's bid. The decision means Silverton will be the
only county seat in Colorado that lacks a fiber-optic connection.
The Durango Herald says the town plans to appeal the decision
issued this month by Administrative Law Judge G. Harris Adams in
favor of the three full-time PUC commissioners.
Silverton and San Juan County officials accuse Qwest of failing
to complete a $37 million state contract to provide high-speed
fiber-optic connections to every county seat by June 30, 2005.