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    1. Lawmakers seek to attach strings to rural Internet grants to ensure net neutrality | The Colorado Independent

      Lawmakers seek to attach strings to rural Internet grants to ensure net neutrality | The Colorado Independent

      About a quarter of homes in rural Colorado lack basic Internet, but under a proposed law, these homes would be among the first to get a net neutrality guarantee from Internet providers. Democratic lawmakers want to prevent Internet companies from blocking or slowing down access to certain websites and online content. 

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    2. Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Scott Tipton address rural Colorado energy, broadband, healthcare

      Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Scott Tipton address rural Colorado energy, broadband, healthcare

      U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton talked Saturday about issues close to Western Colorado’s hearts and wallets. They told the spring meeting of the Club 20 Western Slope coalition what they’re doing in Washington to improve energy development, the high cost of healthcare, the slowness of rural broadband internet service and the preservation of forests.

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    3. On the front line of the digital divide, Cortez asks voters to pursue local broadband - Colorado Politics

      On the front line of the digital divide, Cortez asks voters to pursue local broadband - Colorado Politics

      Rural Colorado long has been on the short end of high-speed internet even as local telecom providers have scrambled to fill in the gaps. Private-sector efforts notwithstanding, state law allows municipalities to set up their own broadband systems — and that’s just what a number of communities around the state have been doing with local voter approval.

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    4. Colorado opted into it last year — now FirstNet is going national - Denver Business Journal

      Colorado opted into it last year — now FirstNet is going national - Denver Business Journal

      The wireless communication network for first responders that Colorado opted into last year has gone national. AT&T's FirstNet is the first nationwide public safety communications platform exclusively for the use of police, firefighters and other emergency responders, giving them their own separate, nationwide broadband network.

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    5. Dish exec testifies that AT&T-Time Warner merger would hurt SlingTV

      A Dish Network Corp. testified Monday that if the AT&T merger with Time Warner is allowed to go through, it would hurt his company's Sling TV service. The U.S. government is going to court to block the $85 billion merger, and in the case in Washington D.C. on Monday, government witness and Dish exec Warren Schlichting warned of the deal's impacts.

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    6. Colorado identifies 126 'Opportunity Zones' eligible for federal tax incentives - Denver Business Journal

      Colorado identifies 126 'Opportunity Zones' eligible for federal tax incentives - Denver Business Journal

      Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he hopes to revitalize economically distressed areas with some federal tax incentives created under recent legislation. He, along with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), announced Friday they have nominated 126 "Opportunity Zones" across the state, a majority located outside the Front Range.

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    7. Bill would allow CDOT to use technology with data from vehicles - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

      Bill would allow CDOT to use technology with data from vehicles - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

      A bill making its way through the legislature would allow the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to track location from your vehicle, not your cell phone. Under current law, a local or state government agency must have a search warrant in order to get information from an electronic device. This bill allows CDOT to gather information from the vehicle, with most new vehicles having the technology capabilities to do this.

       

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    8. Improving rural internet about more than watching Netflix

      Improving rural internet about more than watching Netflix

      In 2016, a cut in a fiber-optic cable in Cortez temporarily shut down a 911 call center and caused widespread internet outages across the region. The event highlighted a pervasive problem that overwhelms rural areas throughout America – lack of reliable access to broadband. Congress continues to consider prioritizing infrastructure in the second year of the Trump presidency, but public discussion focuses on roads, waterways and bridges, with minimal discussion on rural broadband infrastructure.

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    9. More States Eye Blockchain for Records, Businesses – Big Law Business

      More States Eye Blockchain for Records, Businesses – Big Law Business

      The digital ledger technology behind bitcoin has fanned more states’ interests for its potential for managing large sets of data in a secure and decentralized manner. Eight states have enacted laws to, among other things, order studies of the technology for government use, legalize blockchain-based electronic signatures, and permit corporations to track stocks on the digital ledger, Bloomberg Law data show.

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