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

BAYFIELD — There’s a digital dead zone in Fire Chief Bruce Evans’ 282-square-mile district in southwest Colorado, right up where the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District brushes against wildland and national forest. No cell coverage. No internet access. Even the radio goes quiet. For Sean Caffrey, at the Crested Butte fire department, signal cuts […]

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Zornio: Could regulating Facebook help bring Americans back together?

For years, many have argued the dangers of Facebook. Little happened. Then came whistleblower Frances Haugen. Haugen was incredibly clear in her testimony to Congress: “I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy.” She then proceeded to outline how, based on her experience and the documents she […]

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

A $50 credit on monthly internet service could mean the difference between having broadband and not having internet at all. But from the looks of federal data, there hasn’t been much interest in claiming the money made available by the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The program launched in May and provides low-income consumers up to […]

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

SAN LUIS — Tucked in a canyon deep in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, Kimba Rael’s home doesn’t always get cell service or a stable connection to the internet. “It’s a ‘dead zone,’” said Rael, principal of Centennial School District R-1 in San Luis near Colorado’s southern border. One of the few live spots where […]

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Do you know who’s tracking your online activities and storing your data? You could soon in Colorado — maybe.

After Robert Rodriguez got a COVID-19 test last year, he had to log into the testing company’s  site to get his results. But to see them, he needed to verify his identity.  “The questions were like, what month was your mother born, which of these four cars did you own when you were younger, what […]

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Tens of thousands of Colorado kids still lack internet access. State stimulus dollars will only offer a short-term fix.

One of the kids in Patsy Burenheide’s third grade class earlier this fall met with her class via Zoom by sitting at the edge of her family’s garage in Milliken, where she could access her neighbor’s Wi-Fi. The connection inside her house was so weak that she and her siblings couldn’t study online at the […]

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Colorado unemployment benefits site back online after outage due to expired domain

As unemployment claims in Colorado tick back up again, the site where out-of-work Coloradans go to request benefits was down on Monday morning but was back up around 10 a.m. Officials at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment didn’t immediately know why myui.coworkforce.com wasn’t working but after being told, began investigating it, said Cher […]