Friday, June 26, 2009

Stimulus Funds Could Narrow Colorado' s Digital Divide

Colorado officials hope to get federal stimulus dollars to build broadband infrastructure in rural pockets of the state, the Denver Post stated in a recent article. Colorado's Office of Information Technology (OIT) projects that the state could get $120 million of the $7.2 billion that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) allots for building broadband lines across America.

Developing statewide broadband capability is one of the five strategic objectives listed in Colorado's Information Technology Strategic Plan for 2008-2011. On this state web page, you can see a breakdown of ARRA funding for broadband and read about how the Colorado Governor's Office and OIT intend to apply for those funds. One plan is to create a GIS-based map of broadband availability in the state.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: A Colorado Status Report (June 19, 2009) describes how federal stimulus funds have been and will be used in Colorado. For additional resources, see our guides to the economic stimulus and telecommunications.

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