High Country News: Small towns look for a road forward, paved with fiber-optic

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April 4, 2018

Kate Schimel, High Country News 

This story is part of The State of Change project, produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.

As I write this note, I have Twitter open, and Facebook beside it, keeping an eye on High Country News’ channels. I have our internal messaging service open and my work email, too. This is a normal day for me and for many others: Our work requires us to be plugged in and paying attention. That means it requires an internet connection fast enough to load all those sites for me and all my colleagues. In Paonia, Colorado, the town of 1,400 where High Country News is based, that’s been the work of decades. And many days, it’s still a work in progress.

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