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What's Next for Broadband in Colorado?

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In the November election, 26 more communities in Colorado voted for local control of broadband infrastructure. So that means that voters in 29 of Colorado’s 64 counties, plus 66 municipalities are determined to support their local leaders in addressing the need for affordable high speed Internet connectivity. Within KDNK’s listening area, voters in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, New Castle, Parachute, Silt and Garfield County all approved broadband ballot items in 2016. KDNK news director Gavin Dahl asked Ken Fellman, former mayor of Arvada and the foremost communications attorney representing local governments in our state, to talk about the significance of this growing resistance to the restrictions on broadband development backed by companies like Comcast and CenturyLink.  

Gavin became one of the youngest station managers in public radio on February 1, 2017. He is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. Prior to starting at KDNK as news director in 2016, Gavin worked for national radio programs Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and Nonprofit Radio with Tony Martignetti along with local stations KGNU Boulder, KYRS Spokane, KRBX Boise, KAOS Olympia, and Air America Radio affiliate KPTK Seattle. His nonprofit management experience includes Open Media Foundation, where he led a government transparency team, and Common Frequency, where his policy advocacy supported dozens of noncommercial radio startups. Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Austin American-Statesman, Boise Weekly, and The Sopris Sun have published his reporting. His TV credits include directing teams at Colorado Channel, crewing for Democracy Now!, and hosting on Free Speech TV. He graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2008 with a BA in media production and community organizing.
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