Broadband goal for Colorado schools scrutinized

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) An intergovernmental entity that's failed to meet its goal of connecting most Colorado school districts to broadband says it's gotten an extension to complete the work.

Westminster-based Eagle-Net Alliance received a $100.6 million federal grant in 2010 to improve broadband service for schools. But with most of the money spent by May, Eagle-Net had connected less than half of the 168 school districts that it sought to link to a broadband network by August 2013.

Eagle-Net President Mike Ryan told lawmakers Wednesday the original grant money will cover 86 percent of school districts by the end of 2014, which is the new deadline. He says at least $17 million more will be needed to cover all districts.

Eagle-Net is publicly funded entity.

Some Colorado telecommunications companies contend Eagle-Net is duplicating existing infrastructure.

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