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A federal program gives people $30 a month for internet. Less than a third of eligible Coloradans participate.

A smoother process and ISP support could increase Colorado’s participation rate in the Affordable Connectivity Program

Technology

“We can’t broadcast through a mountain”: Digital dead zones getting in the way of Colorado’s first responders

Technology can now connect a patient to a doctor over video and send a live feed from a drone, but basic communication is still difficult for first responders in rural areas not covered by cell towers and fiber-optic cables

Technology

Colorado’s governor wants to enlist private companies to help fix public problems with new partnership office

Gov. Jared Polis’ budget proposal seeks $1.3 million to create a state public-private partnership office. Public policy observers are skeptical.

Politics and Government

Colorado will get at least $100 million, possibly $1 billion, from infrastructure bill to end digital divide

As part of its share of the massive U.S. infrastructure bill, the state hopes to solve the lack of fast internet in rural areas. But the digital divide isn’t just about rural communities anymore.

Technology

Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans qualify for a $50 broadband internet credit. So why aren’t they seizing it?

Digital divide advocates had hoped more participants would be using the Emergency Broadband Benefit by now. There’s still 81% of the funds remaining.

Technology

A rural Colorado school district is spending $3 million to connect kids’ homes to the internet. Will it be enough?

Centennial School District R-1 in San Luis plans to transmit its own internet signal out to families’ homes after years of struggling with the state’s digital divide.

Education

Colorado reaches 91% rural broadband coverage as efforts to improve internet for Ute Tribes move forward

The state’s Broadband Office is also working with other rural projects, including one on the Eastern Plains that would provide gigabit fiber to more than 50,000 customers

Technology

Opinion: As county commissioners, we see smart ways to close Colorado’s digital divide

Success requires more than just throwing money at the problem. We’ve tried that in the past, and it failed.

Opinion Columns

Colorado AG leads push to use federal internet discounts to help students get online at home — not just at school

The E-rate effort comes nearly five years after the Boulder Valley School District first petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for the exact same thing to close the homework gap

Technology

Opinion: Amid a digital divide, we must connect American communities for the future

The gap between those who have access to high-speed internet services and those who do not is most evident in rural, remote areas.

Opinion Columns

In rural Colorado, one town is looking to its community college to help survive the end of coal

Leaders of Craig see a tight window of opportunity to build a new economic base, provide residents replacement jobs, and ensure the city’s survival.

Education

Smaller Colorado providers are boosting students’ broadband speeds — and helping parents block TikTok

Jade Communications in Alamosa has been helping customers deal with pandemic-related problems — even as bigger ISPs hang back

Technology

Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online.

Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution.

Technology

Sen. Kerry Donovan: Connectivity beyond COVID-19: How we build a post-pandemic Colorado

Opinion Columns

Roadmap to return Colorado students to school calls for more testing, contact tracing

Administrators think they can keep students, teachers and staff safe. The question, they say, is whether people outside of schools can control coronavirus' spread.

Education

Opinion: Colorado’s “just transition” for coal communities needs infrastructure investments

Opinion Columns

Can companies like SpaceX finally bring broadband to thousands of rural Coloradans?

Unserved rural homes and businesses may finally get broadband thanks to $250 million in federal spending. But after looking at the maps, some have their doubts the money will reach its goal

Technology

Subsidized broadband program speeds up, but Colorado customers must upgrade to keep discount

The federal Lifeline program provides $9.25 to low-income consumers for wireless or broadband service. But the FCC’s upgrade on Dec. 1 may leave some CenturyLink or mobile customers behind -- and with higher bills.

Technology

Spurred by the threat of wildfires, an Estes Park broadband project moved at the speed of light

More than a dozen agencies, organizations and even competitors came together one weekend to make sure the internet would not go out as the Cameron Peak fire inched closer

Technology

Anticipating a bust, the Colorado coal town of Craig gets an unexpected boost

Northwest Colorado is grieving the looming loss of a major industry and the pandemic has hurt. But the broader economy is beginning to perk up. "We are not victims," Craig chamber boss says.

Energy
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