WASHINGTON D.C. (KKCO) Early Monday morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $2.7 million grant award to a broadband infrastructure project in western Colorado that will create or improve broadband connectivity for over 500 households in rural Colorado and Utah.
The infrastructure will primarily affect homes in Dove Creek and Dolores County.
Both parties have been working towards bringing increased connectivity to rural parts of the state.
"From doing homework to managing small businesses, to providing telehealth services, broadband access is more important than ever for Americans' day to day living. For many Coloradans living in rural areas, access to reliable broadband has been largely unavailable or too expensive to implement, says Representative Scott Tipton following the announcement. "This is an issue we have been working tirelessly on, and this grant announcement is a welcome step to help get rural Colorado communities connected just the same as their urban counterparts."
“Colorado’s rural communities need access to affordable and reliable broadband is critical to our economy and our future. This project will further Colorado’s goal of providing rural broadband access to 92% of rural households by June 2020,” states Governor Jared Polis.
In March of 2018, Congress provided $600 million to USDA to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural Ameria.