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Governor’s potential special session would put more focus on issues and lawmakers voting on them

After legislators adjourned the 120-day legislative session Wednesday night, they convened at Stoney’s Bar & Grill in downtown Denver. Gov. John Hickenlooper made the rounds with a message: Don’t make any vacation plans for the rest of May. He told reporters Thursday he’s going to think about it through the weekend before deciding if he […]

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Weist: Rural Colorado counting on legislature for broadband access

Jeff Weist

When it comes to broadband access, Colorado has a mountainous challenge — literally. The vast majority of Coloradans live in areas well served by multiple, private-sector, high-speed internet providers. Cable providers alone have invested over $8 billion of their own capital to upgrade their network. Most cable customers in Colorado will have access to affordable, […]

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Lawmakers pry open the market a bit more for cell-phone service, broadband

Bipartisan legislation allowing cell-phone and broadband service providers better access to municipal markets won approval in the House Tuesday. House Bill 1193, sponsored in the lower chamber by Reps. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, and Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, should translates to faster and better upgrades to cell-telephone service. From a press statement by the House GOP: The bill streamlines broadband […]

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Stephanie Piko launches bid for mayor of Centennial

State Sen. Jack Tate, R-Centennial, Centennial City Councilwoman Stephanie Piko and Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, pose for a photo after Pike announced she's running for mayor of the Arapahoe County city on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Centennial Center Park. (Photo via Photo via Polstar Strategies)

Centennial City Councilwoman Stephanie Piko announced Sunday she’s running for mayor of the suburban city. “As the next mayor of Centennial, I will continue to build on Centennial’s great foundation by implementing the plans that are in place to better connect our citizens,” Piko said at Centennial Center Park, surrounded by family and supporters.

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Broadband office to seek faster rural internet service

Fiber optic technicians work in Rio Blanco County’s broadband data shelter in Meeker. The county is installing fiber optice cable and wireless towers to connect residents and businesses to the internet. It was highlighted by Gov. John Hickenelooper as an example of projects a new state office could develop to connect all communities in the state with reliable internet access. (Courtesy Rio Blanco County)
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 […]

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Colorado Technology Association aims to steer state into the future

Colorado Technology Association President and CEO Andrea Young discusses the organization's operations on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in her office at The Commons on Champa in downtown Denver. Young has helmed the organization since June 2016 and was on its board before that. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado’s technology industry is booming, and Andrea Young couldn’t be happier. Young, the president and CEO of the Colorado Technology Association, a trade organization that represents more 300 companies and counts some 15,000 people involved in its network, said in a recent interview with The Colorado Statesman that she’s excited about the prospects for the […]

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‘It’s going to be interesting’: State Senate prepping for Hickenlooper PUC appointment confirmations

Gov. John Hickenlooper and state Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, say the process is already in motion to launch Senate confirmation hearings for the governor’s two recent appointees to the state’s Public Utilities Commission. Grantham seems to be looking forward to it. “I think we’ll do it sooner rather than later,” he told The […]

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In State of the State, Hickenlooper digs back into fiscal thicket

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, as newly-elected Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, D-Denver and Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, look on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Gov. John Hickenlooper likely had to rewrite the State of the State speech he delivered Thursday, or at least rethink it. He surely thought he would be addressing a Legislature controlled by Democrats working in concert with a Clinton administration in Washington. Things didn’t turn out that way. Instead, the governor as speaking to the […]

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