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Jack TateJack TateJuly 11, 20184min843

Led by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Democrats in Congress are holding the future of America’s high-speed internet hostage. In the process, they are testing the limits of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in a blatant effort to reinstate burdensome, Obama-era regulations on the internet. Reinstating these overly prescriptive, public-utility style regulations would only serve to stifle innovation and slow the continued deployment of America’s broadband networks. This effort must be stopped.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 30, 20182min1791

Rural Colorado long has been on the short end of high-speed internet even as local telecom providers have scrambled to fill in the gaps. Private-sector efforts notwithstanding, state law allows municipalities to set up their own broadband systems — and that’s just what a number of communities around the state have been doing with local voter approval.

Tuesday’s local balloting will include another round of proposals to establish municipally run broadband in towns around the state. Cortez is among them, reports The Journal:

The Cortez City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the fees and costs for a broadband pilot program.

Through the program, dubbed the Cortez Community Network Pilot, the city will install in-home wireless devices called GigaCenters, and provide fiber to connect some residents with the city’s existing network.

For a $150 installation fee, $60 a month and a $10 device rental fee, participants in the pilot would get speeds of up to 100 Mbps. The program is designed to test whether the city can become a long-term internet service provider, according to The Journal.

Private providers have looked askance at the government competition, and in some Front Range communities, major ISPs have fought the municipal startups. But the need for functional internet service, along with the allure for plenty of residents of sidestepping Big Broadband, have prompted voters to pursue net service as a public utility supported by City Hall. Voters in an estimated 100 Colorado municipalities so far have OK’d such arrangements, according to Nonprofit Quarterly.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 11, 20182min524

The Colorado Senate’s majority Republicans are pitching upgrades to the information superhighway — as well as to plain-old paved highways — as a boon to rural Colorado.

A press announcement touting the legislation said both proposals — the first two Senate bills introduced on opening day Wednesday — demonstrated a “commitment to assisting parts of rural Colorado that often feel left behind by the boom times enjoyed by the urbanized Front Range.”

The announcement said Senate Bill 1, “is a tax hike-free roadway modernization package that also could have broad economic benefits, if approved by voters next fall.”

Senate Bill 2’s provisions boosting rural broadband — a complicated measure Colorado Politics’s Marianne Goodland covers in greater depth — is intended to help bridge the digital divide.

SB 2 author Don Coram, a Montrose Republican, had this to say about both measures’ impact on farm-and-ranch-and-wide-open-spaces districts like his:

“In tandem, our first two bills of the session are meant to provide a double shot of economic assistance to rural parts of the state that often lag behind economically … It’s our way of helping to bridge the urban-rural divide so that every part of the state prospers.”


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 9, 20178min498

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate budget recently, paving the way for tax reform. Markups have begun in House Ways and Means and changes are already being made to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the passage of the budget was a significant step forward in advancing President Trump’s top legislative priority, there are some clear warning signs for businesses anxious to see meaningful tax reform.