San Juan County Broadband
Priority Project of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition
Broadband internet runs through San Juan County from the north following US-191. The intent of this project is to develop a broadband internet line that would extend the existing broadband facilities which currently terminate a few miles south of Blanding.
Functionality is poor when it comes to internet throughout San Juan County. Additional capacity is needed to handle the demand. Microwave internet service provided to remote areas of the County is not adequate to support the needs.
The broadband internet extension would provide additional capacity to areas between Blanding and Navajo Mountain which currently relies heavily on internet connectivity for distance education.
The Navajo Nation has expressed interest in extending the broadband network throughout this area as well as other areas throughout the reservation.
Software programs have been getting more robust as technology increases, but the hardware capacity has remained the same. Providing increased capacity and speed to the county would increase productivity for businesses throughout the County.
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The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is a public implementation and ownership entity that allows its members to build essential regional infrastructure elements that span across county lines. The Coalition’s main roles are to identify revenue-producing infrastructure assets that will benefit the region. Its mission is to plan infrastructure corridors, procure funding, permit, design, secure rights-of-way and own such facilities.