Colorado Central Telecom

Colorado Central Telecom receives the June Business of the Month award from Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce. From left front are Michael Varnum, Shiela Moore, Maisie Ramsay, Jennifer Leighton-Scanga and Dave Chelf. Back: Mark Moore, Art Gentile, Dave Potts, Sam Johnson and Gary Buchanan.

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce recently named Colorado Central Telecom as the June Business of the Month.

Founded in 2011 by Ralph Abrams to provide internet service to residents of Crestone, Colorado Central Telecom has grown into one of the major internet providers in Central Colorado.

The company’s first client in Chaffee County was Monarch Mountain, which signed on in 2013.

Maisie Ramsay, marketing and business development representative, said Colorado Central Telecom’s mission is to connect the unconnected, and the company specializes in connecting remote areas that are underserved by major internet providers.

Because its service contains more redundancies than other local providers, its service doesn’t go down as often, she said.

The Colorado Office of Information and Technology has recognized Colorado Central Telecom for innovation, and the Mountain Connect conference named the company its 2017 Provider of the Year.

Colorado Central Telecom was recently awarded a grant to provide broadband to Twin Lakes and southern Lake County.

In Salida and Buena Vista, the company has begun offering fiber broadband, and Poncha Springs is not far behind.

Ramsay said, “It’s rewarding to offer a service so essential to the vitality of the community.”

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