Senate Republicans Make Statewide Prosperity a Top Focus
Denver — In an opening-day demonstration of their commitment to assisting parts of rural Colorado that often feel left behind by the boom times enjoyed by the urbanized Front Range, Colorado Senate Republicans made a rural broadband expansion bill the second measure to be read across the desk on opening day of the 2018 legislative session. The only bill they made a higher priority, Senate Bill-1, is a tax hike-free roadway modernization package that also could have broad economic benefits, if approved by voters next fall.
- Ups the definition of “broadband internet” service from at least 4 megabits per second to at least 10 megabits per second, and includes in the definition of “unserved areas” places that are unincorporated, have less than 7,500 residents and do not receive federal broadband support
- Makes changes in the way “high cost support mechanism” funds are allocated and broadband grants are made
- Makes changes to ensure that funds are allocated fairly and dollars aren’t used to duplicate effort or “overbuild” in already-served areas