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Colorado Bill To Improve Rural Broadband Access Moves Ahead

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was expected to sign a bill Monday that would provide money to help bring broadband to rural parts of the state, a pressing issue in Montezuma and La Plata counties. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that lawmakers such as state Senator Don Coram, a Montrose Republican, had to battle opposition from major telecommunications company to bring Senate Bill 2 to the floor and get it passed. The bill takes money from an existing fund that provides grants to support land-line infrastructure in remote areas. Over a five-year period, the money will be shifted into the new Broadband Deployment Fund instead.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal, and was the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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