Mark Udall welcomed the news today that the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund and CenturyLink - the third-largest telecommunications company in the United States - have entered into a public-private partnership to provide rural Coloradans with better access to broadband Internet.
"I applaud FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for leading the effort with CenturyLink to bring broadband access to more than 21,000 Coloradans," Udall said. "Broadband Internet connects the businesses of rural Colorado with new customers and rural residents with the broader world. This partnership is a great example of the positive, productive role government can play when it partners with the private sector. It is crucial that we continue doing all we can to level the broadband playing field and ensure that rural Coloradans have the same quality of Internet access as their urban counterparts."
Udall is a longtime supporter of making broadband more accessible throughout rural Colorado and a viable tool for students and educators.
Last year, the FCC launched the Connect America Fund with the intent of expanding access to broadband to all Americans, especially in rural communities. In accordance with the FCC's partnership with CenturyLink, over $6 million in Connect America Fund dollars will be used to help CenturyLink provide broadband in 8,102 locations around Colorado.