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:


The channel 3s are having issues from the source that Pitkin County receives from. We have no contact with the company that operates KREG. We are digging to find a way to contact this company and get the 3s working again. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Happy New Year and welcome "real" winter! Pitkin County Telecommunications had many challenges this holiday weekend and they are continuing. Due to a power outage at our Sunlight tower most services at other towers was disrupted. Holy Cross did a great job restoring power on New Years day. Unfortunately we now have some faulty equipment acting up at the Thomasville tower. Staff is currently working on this issue and any others that come up due to the recent snow storm. 


Due to COVID restrictions the Telecommunications team will be working remotely until at least January 10. Please email if you have any questions or concerns.


Thomasville Tower received it's new TV transmitter equipment yesterday. This will require viewers to rescan their TVs to receive proper reception.


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