DENVER, Colo. (AP) An entity charged with connecting Colorado schools to broadband told lawmakers it hopes to have more than 80% of districts covered by the end of 2014 as federal grant funding is running out.
Eagle-Net Alliance President Mike Ryan told lawmakers during a hearing Monday about $5 million is left from a 2010 $100 million grant to link 168 school districts to broadband.
Ryan said after the hearing that that an additional $10-to-$15 million is needed to get all school districts linked within the next three to five years. He says Eagle-Net plans to get the money from grants, private donors, and money generated through a partnership with Texas-based Affiniti.
Lawmakers have scrutinized the Westminster-based Eagle-Net because the publicly funded entity hasn't met its broadband goals in time.