How A New Broadband Subsidy Could Help Rural Colorado

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In rural Colorado, one in four households don’t have high speed internet access. But they’re a step closer thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Hickenlooper earlier this month. The law creates subsidies to bring broadband to rural areas, something supporters say is crucial to economic growth and even medical care.

Virginia Harman, chief operating officer of Delta-Montrose Electric Association, and Dr. Jay Shore, director of telemedicine at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado, spoke with Colorado Matters about the importance of bringing broadband to rural residents. This new law takes an existing subsidy for phone service and diverts it to broadband.