SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Snowmass Village will join in a countywide effort to improve cellular and wireless service in the area.
Aspen Skiing Co., Pitkin County, Snowmass Village, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and the U.S. Forest Service have formed a coalition to identify coverage holes in the upper Roaring Fork Valley and to find a contractor to build towers in sites ideal for expanding coverage. The town joined in after a presentation by the other members at Monday's Aspen City Council meeting.
Pitkin County began a study of coverage holes this fall, and the Roaring Fork Broadband Coalition has sent those findings to infrastructure providers, which build towers and rent space on them to cellphone and wireless carriers. The coalition expects to receive proposals within a week and hopes to begin building towers in the spring.