5G service for 93% of Colorado population

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - A new agreement with the state and T-Mobile will bring 5G internet speeds to most of Colorado.

For most of us, internet is a must-have.

"You go to a town where there's no internet service or the service is terrible, it feels like your arm got cut off," says
Former Grand Junction Resident, Dianna Thomson.

A new agreement with the state and T-Mobile will make our smart phones even smarter.

"The quality of your videos and your ability to download information will be a lot quicker on your smartphones," says President and CEO of Grand Junction area Chamber of Commerce Diane Schwenke.

It’s internet speed much of the country already has.

"As our manufacturers move to more automation, as we look at autonomous vehicles, as we look at all of those things on the horizon from a technology standpoint, we need a 5G network in order to do that kind of tech upgrades," Diane says.

But now rural communities will see the boost.

"I think it should really help, being able to compete with the larger cities maybe on the front range," Dianna says.

And it sounds like this is just the beginning.

"Things are moving so quickly that in the next five years, we're going to see so much that we use the 5G network for that we can't even envision it today," says Diane.

Along with benefitting rural communities, T Mobile committed to offering low price mobile plans for Coloradans.

If T-Mobile doesn't hold up their end of the bargain, they face 80 million dollars in penalties.