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Tuesday, September 02, 2003


Bitter disputes follow fiber fiasco at La Plata Electric Association

This electric coop started off on a well-intentioned effort to do something about the lack of bandwidth in its service territory by building some long haul fiber links; these investments soured when the long haul telecom market tanked several years ago. The coop is still feeling the effects, financially. The Durango Herald has a long article on the subject.

One prominent big-name consulting firm used to trumpet the work they did for LPEA on its' feasibility study and business plan. Funny thing -- I can't find that link on their web site anymore ...

Although we don't do feasibility studies -- we're more on the technical side -- we have been known to turn down projects that we thought were bad investments for our clients. Nobody likes to see something happen to a small rural utility like what happened at LPEA.


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