Castle Creek Broadband

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Decypher Technologies teamed up with High Country Engineering, Inc. to perform a feasibility study for a fiber optic line for Castle Creek Valley in Aspen. Decypher’s Farr Shepherd met with the Pitkin County Commissioners on behalf of Decypher Technologies and Pathfinder (for which he is an advisor). Pathfinder is the new internet service provider in the Roaring Fork valley and will begin providing service in the Castle Creek Valley, with plans to expand throughout Aspen, Snowmass and Vail.

Decypher and Pathfinder discussed the project’s benefit to the community, the advantages of fiber and wireless internet over satellite or broadband connections, and the potential to add cellular amplification as a service over the fiber network. Public safety is increased when cellular signal is available at trailheads so that the public can call emergency response services if necessary, instead of driving down-valley until cell signal is reached.

Decypher then asked HCE to put together a schematic plan level extension of the fiber optic into the Castle Creek valley. HCE developed this plan for approximately nine miles up Castle Creek Road, just short of Ashcroft.