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AspenWorks will be first out of gate offering broadband

Internet service provider AspenWorks apparently will win the race to get the first customers online with the Glenwood Springs Community Broadband Network. The company announced Tuesday that it will begin taking orders for high-speed wireless Internet beginning today. Customers could be surfing the Net by Dec. 2, “if not sooner,” said AspenWorks partner Ken Pawlak.”We are going to be an ISP on the network and we’re going to be the first out there with services,” Pawlak said Tuesday.The company has been working with the city for a few weeks to get customers up and running on the city’s system, Pawlak said. “We definitely did some valuable work on the network,” Pawlak said. “We’ve been out running tests on the network and we’ll probably have our first accounts running by Monday.”Glenwood Springs information systems director Bruce Munroe said he’s glad the system is finally going to be available to businesses and residents of the city. “It’s kind of exciting,” he said. “AspenWorks people have been working on ISP issues for the city for many weeks, and together we solved the critical path problems that would have delayed the opening of the Community Broadband Network for any ISP.”The company is offering what it calls GWSprings.net ProWireless service to the first 25 residential customers for a promotional price of $29.95 per month during the first three months. After that, or for everyone who signs up after the first 25 customers, the service will cost $49.95 per month. City officials have urged ISPs to offer a price tag close to $50 so they can compete with the soon-to-be-available AT&T Broadband’s high-speed Internet product, which is expected to be priced in the $50 range. Local AT&T Broadband manager Jim Niswender did not return a phone call seeking the rollout date of AT&T’s high-speed Internet system. Several other local ISPs, including Sopris Surfers, Desktop Consulting, Crimson Wireless and RoFIntUG, will also soon be offering wireless Internet through the city’s Community Broadband Network.Another feature that will be offered by AspenWorks is “Hot Spot” locations. “Hot Spot access will be granted to AspenWorks customers using industry standard WiFi-equipped devices,” such as notebook computers and personal digital assistants, the company’s statement said. Wi-Fi, also known as 802.11b, is a means of beaming an Internet connection wirelessly.”AspenWorks will also grant free and transaction-based Hot Spot access to noncustomers, including tourists, visiting business people, students, and public service employees.”The technology will allow people to get online from various places in the city such as parks, hotels or other public locations, Pawlak said.


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