Bringing rural Colorado online

Doug Robinson | Post Independent

The biggest divide in Colorado isn’t between Democrats and Republicans; it’s between rural and urban Coloradans.

Around 23 percent of our state doesn’t have access to a high speed internet connection, a percentage that is overwhelmingly made up of Coloradans in rural communities.

It’s hard to overstate just how damaging this lack of internet can be for rural communities. Without a high-speed connection, small businesses can’t sell their wares online, freelancers and independent contractors can’t work remotely and students can’t access the latest knowledge on the web. Without internet, our rural communities simply can’t compete; they’re falling behind as businesses relocate, young people move away and opportunities pass them by.

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