TV/FM Telecommunications Services

Telecommunications Manages:  TV / FM translator services, remote mountain top telecommunications facilities, multi-use RF backhauls and deployments, Pitkin County Broadband Initiative, public safety radio services 

  • Funding for this service comes from a dedicated Pitkin County mill levy of 0.374. The cost to the taxpayer is $1.42 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

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Maintenance and Outages:


Thomasville site is now completed but still waiting on a few more pieces of equipment, (hopefully in about a week) to be fully functional. Currently there is limited TV available, channels 4, 18, 7 and 9. When the new equipment arrives the balance of available TV stations will be available and broadband will be ready to start up. Please call Pathfinders or Visionary to see if you are positioned to get broadband at your location.

Thamasville 2021


The Thomasville site construction will begin on August 2nd as originally planned.  However, in order to meet the condensed construction schedule, staff plan to bring the Thomasville site offline and commence decommissioning of old equipment starting this Thursday, July 29th, for the site to be fully prepared for demolition on Monday. 


Work on the Upper Red equipment shelter is beginning today, a few days ahead of schedule. This will take down 8 radio stations for about 2 weeks as remodel and repair work progresses in the shelter. KVOV 101.5 will continue to be broadcast from the Pitkin County jail tower.


Rocky Mountain PBS has added a new subchannel to their OTA feed.  Channel 18-3 Create/World has split, and is now broadcast as 18-3 Create, 18--4 World.  Viewers may need to rescan their televisions to pick up the additional channel. 


The Upper Red remodel is tentatively planned to start on July 12 and is expected to take two weeks to complete. The entire site will be down during the remodel and all FM translator stations will be off air with the exception of KVOV 101.5 (Colorado Public Radio).

The Thomasville site build is tentatively planned to start on August 2 and is expected to take three weeks to complete. County is required to decommission the old site prior to building the new tower and shelter. Therefore the entire site will be down during the rebuild and all TV translator stations will be off the air. 


New Tower above Ruedi providing Broadband, Public Safety Radio and FM Radio to the Upper Frying Pan and Ruedi areas. Contact Pathfinders or Visionary Internet Service Providers for internet service.

Ruedi 10-14-2020 Photo

Report a Problem

To report problems with the system, please call 970-920-5395 or email us. Please provide the nature of the outage, your location and a call back number; someone will contact you within 24 hours