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.
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.
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
How southern Colorado is working to bridge the digital divide in schools
One in 20 Colorado students live in a home without internet access. Most of those houses have elementary school age kids and are in rural or low-income areas.
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: 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.
Tens of thousands of Colorado kids still lack internet access. State stimulus dollars will only offer a short-term fix.
Lawmakers are devoting $20 million to help improve internet connectivity for students. Education leaders are grateful, but say the money won’t solve the root of the issue: inadequate infrastructure.
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.
Gigabit internet coming to more rural southwestern Colorado communities
Utah internet company wins second federal grant to provide broadband to Dolores, San Miguel and Montezuma counties. Locals hope to see more economic activity, better mobile service.
Colorado pours $2M into internet access for families while partnering with providers like T-Mobile to expand broadband
Broadband access is “a non-negotiable” for students and families, particularly with many learning from home, Education Commissioner Katy Anthes says.
Opinion: Bridging the digital divide will accelerate learning and economic growth
Colorado will miss its goal to hit 92% broadband coverage in rural areas by June
Sussing out which parts of the state barely have service is a guessing game. But several gigabit internet projects in the works could fill gaps.
Little-known internet network plans Western Colorado expansion to link students, nonprofits to supercomputers
Front Range-based GigaPop wants to team with local governments on the Western Slope to improve broadband in rural Colorado. It’s looking for funding for the $2.2 million project.
Opinion: The coronavirus is magnifying the equity gaps between Colorado students
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
Rural Colorado sees more broadband options coming online. But getting up to speed is taking longer than anticipated in some areas.
The expansion goes nicely with the state’s goal to get rural Colorado up to speed -- to 92% by June from 87% today
Removing banned tech from China’s Huawei will cost rural Colorado telecoms over $300 million. Will it even fix the problem?
Sticking with gear made by Huawei Technologies means violating a national security order issued out of concerns it could be spying on American citizens and building backdoors into their software and equipment
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?
“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