By Michael Price for Coalition for a Connected West
The persistence of Colorado’s legislators is about to pay off, and Coloradans stand ready to benefit: Every year for the past four years, state legislators have attempted to reform Colorado’s outdated telecommunications regulations. And every year, those attempts failed—until now, that is. A package of telecommunications bills has passed the House and Senate, and was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.
This is exciting news for our state, particularly for consumers. The Colorado telecommunications and IP modernization reform package consists of measures that will expand access to fast, reliable broadband connectivity to the entire state, including to rural and underserved areas, while also protecting consumers and public safety. Now, people will enjoy additional choices and options for better broadband and voice services. That means easier access to health care, higher education, telecommuting jobs, entrepreneurship opportunities and yes, even entertainment. Widespread access to next-generation networks and 21st century connectivity will enable these and other capabilities for people, delivering opportunities for stronger communities and enhanced quality of life.