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Broadband office to seek faster rural internet service

Author: Mike McKibbin - February 2, 2017 - Updated: February 5, 2017

Establishing a broadband office to help bring reliable, accessible and affordable internet access to rural Colorado won't cost state government very much in terms of ongoing costs, and the economic benefits could greatly help local communities and the state, according to officials in the governor's Office of Information Technology. The broadband office was announced by Gov. John Hickenlooper in his Jan. 12 State of the State address, with a goal of helping the state get from 70 to 85 percent broadband internet coverage in the next two years and 100 percent coverage by 2020.

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Mike McKibbin

Mike McKibbin

Mike McKibbin is a Denver and Washington political reporter for The Colorado Statesman. A long-time Colorado-based journalist, he has worked as an editor and bureau reporter and won numerous Colorado Press Association and Associated Press awards. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcKibbin7 and email mike@coloradostatesman.com.