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What’s Working: What we learned after a week of Colorado paying pandemic unemployment benefits

One week down, countless more to go as Colorado's unemployment office fixes Phase 1 problems on the fly while people still waiting on Phase 2 benefits lose hope. Plus, the Paycheck Protection loan program isn’t perfect, either.

Economy

What’s Working: Two weeks until the end of unemployment benefits for 150,000 Coloradans and counting

With just a few weeks of federal CARES Act support, jobless Coloradans see options dwindle, but there still are some; plus, updates on holds, overpayments and what could happen in January

Business

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

Internet service in western Colorado was so terrible that towns and counties built their own telecom

The new 481-mile rural Project Thor network is complete -- and run by a regional government council. It’s the opposite of what a state law intended 15 years ago

Technology

Cable industry counting on NBC’s new Peacock streaming service to keep your attention — and dollars

Even with the splintered cable market where broadband is more profitable than video, content is still king.

Business

CenturyLink, Comcast suspend internet data cap during coronavirus crisis

Area internet service providers say their networks are ready for heavy home use during COVID-19 containment. “The network is built for this,” Comcast says.

Technology

Writing a term paper on a cell phone? For Colorado college students forced off campus by coronavirus, that may be the best option.

As Colorado universities shift to online classes to shield themselves from COVID-19, students lacking computers and internet access may have to get creative

Education

The future of cable TV, an industry once driven by Colorado, may be in its past

Technology helped Denver's cable pioneers dominate the video world, but now the industry wonders if video is still its future

Business

Silverman: ‘Tis the season for basketball, but we get lumps of coal from Comcast and Altitude

Opinion Columns

Comcast raising local TV fees 57% in January; Altitude Sports missing from 2020 lineup

Pay TV providers also are being forced to be transparent with “hidden fees” that can add up to $450 a year to customer bills.

Business

Drew Litton: Where’s Marley’s ghost when you need him?

Cartoons

The definitive guide to Colorado’s history-making, fan-angering, TV landscape-shifting winter sports blackout

While the Altitude-Comcast impasse ends up in federal court, Nuggets and Avalanche faithful find work-arounds to watch their teams. But the sports broadcast business model is in flux.

Business

The disruption of local sports TV began years ago — and it’s far from done

Regional sports networks like Altitude are feeling the financial pain of a new era in the way Americans watch TV

Business

Altitude sues Comcast, says cable provider is running Denver sports network out of business

Basketball and hockey fans still can’t watch Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche on Comcast as dispute gets uglier

Business

Drew Litton: Where’s a ref when you need one?

Cartoons

Cheap internet for low-income users spreads in Denver, but there’s more to the urban digital divide

Starry’s $15-a-month broadband sounds like a deal. So why isn’t everyone signing up?

Business

“The cruel irony of the digital divide” in Colorado: Urban poor are left behind even as access, technology improves

While state and federal programs in Colorado focus on rural internet access, private firms and nonprofits are stepping up to help low-income urban households get online for under $15

Business

From Denver to Durango, public-access TV channels still face budget threat after FCC decision

“One way or another, the order is a financial hit on communities with PEG programming," said Ken Fellman, legal counsel for the Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance.

Technology

Finding family in the folds: Learning the art of wonton connects Coloradans across cultures

The traditional dumpling is more than a palate pleaser for many Asian Americans. It's redolent with childhood memories.

Culture

Cannabis lobby gains new clout in Colorado as its spending tripled in the past five years

The marijuana industry is counting on support from Gov. Jared Polis in a key legislative year

Politics and Government
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