Rural Broadband Bill Sent to Colorado Governor
A bill to fund broadband connectivity in rural parts of Colorado is now on Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk. The Financing Rural Broadband Deployment Act passed the Colorado State House on Tuesday after several final amendments. The legislation would use money from the same public utility that funds landline telephones to create opportunities for towns of less than 7500 people to pay for broadband infrastructure. Local leaders have been pushing for expanded broadband in Southwestern Colorado for some years, but funding and infrastructure development have been barriers. Lawmakers in Colorado, including the bill’s sponsor, Senator Don Coram of Montrose, say they hope the governor will sign it.