Lightworks Builds Out Broadband With Help From Retrained Coal Miners

It’s the story we all need right now. Rural Colorado coal miners, out of work and out of hope, have found new, good paying careers laying fiber optic cable, thanks to Lightworks and a big, wonderful idea.

With the help of retrained coal miners, Lightworks has been laying fiber optic cable and bringing broadband to thousands of rural homes and businesses. It was the rebirth a sleepy Colorado valley needed after the area’s three coal mines shuttered between 2014 and 2016.


“For the local people, the miners and their kids, the fiber optics has pretty much saved this valley,” Rob, a former miner and current Lightworks employee said.

Take the time to read the entire story from NPR. It’s a bright spot in an otherwise dismal news week.


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