Colorado wants stimulus money for broadband

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Details of how $7.2 billion in federal stimulus money will be awarded to extend high-speed Internet around the country are still being decided, but Colorado is already taking steps to apply for funds.

One of the first steps is mapping where broadband access in Colorado is limited. The map is expected to be complete in August.

Washington's push for cheaper, widely available broadband service has its challenges, from creating demand to making it financially worthwhile for providers. Some of the federal funds will boost computing capacity at community colleges and libraries.

In Colorado, the State Office of Information Technology will coordinate funding requests from broadband providers, nonprofits, Native American tribes, municipalities and others.

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