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Local Cellular Service Restored During Ute Park Fire

Taos, NM – July 3, 2018

When the Ute Park Fire sparked on May 31 in northeastern New Mexico, the fire
quickly consumed nearly 37,000 mountainous acres. In addition to the fourteen
buildings that were destroyed, the fiber optic lines carrying the area’s cellular and
internet traffic were burned to the ground.

The lack of a communications infrastructure severely hampered critical dialog
among homeowners, local businesses, emergency workers and government
services. Kit Carson Internet responded by setting up a mobile cellular tower at
the command center in Eagle Nest, a small town within Eagle Nest State Park.

Kit Carson Internet collaborated with FastTrack Communications, Jade
Communications, SECOM and VIAM to protect, divert and restore data and voice
communications within 26 hours. Online traffic was redirected to FastTrack ’s Kit
Carson circuit. This fiber optic line is now transporting cellular and online data
between Albuquerque and Denver. Under normal circumstances, the fully
independent, redundant 10 Gb communications path would have taken months
to restore.

FastTrack Communications, a division of La Plata Electric and Empire Electric
Association, serves Colorado and New Mexico with high-speed fiber optic data
transport, internet and voice services. A division of Kit Carson Electric
Cooperative, Kit Carson Internet offers fiber optic service to some of the most
remote areas of Northern New Mexico.

For more information, contact Kelly Hebbard, FastTrack Communications general
manager, at or at 970.828.1005.

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