HUERFANO- Four years ago, wireless internet in Huerfano county and the surrounding areas was only a dream. Dan Harper, owner of NextWeb computer services, investigated the idea of bringing wireless service into the county. In August of 2007, with the aid of new partners and the merging of two companies, Raton Basin Technologies came into existence.
Raton Basin Technologies focus is to bring wireless technology to rural towns in Colorado and New Mexico. The first step was to bring a T-1 into the Northlands development outside of Walsenburg at the junction of Hwy. 85 & 87 and Hwy. 69.
While this project was in the works, Raton Basin Technologies entered into negotiations with the town of Aguilar, Colorado to bring Wireless technology and Internet service to that community. A contract was signed in November of 2007. This was the beginning of many long hours of hard work.
While Dan and his partners, Jaye Sudar, Carlos Pumilla and Karen Johansen began negotiations with the T-1 providers, they were also working to build the equipment needed for the systems. On top of this Raton Basin Technologies continues to provide computer service and support for the area.
In January 2008, a giant leap was made. The first T-1 was brought in on the Northlands site. Some Northlands residents may have enjoyed free Internet access while the system was being tested. The next goal was met in February when the T-1 was brought into Aguilar. Raton Basin’s hopes of lighting up the town with free wireless service for the test period was delayed by vandals. However, it is planned to have both service areas up and running by April 1st. No Joke!