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Colorado Sun reporter Tamara Chuang's reporting on broadband was cited by Benton scholar Robbie McBeath in his Best of 2019 article this week. She joined KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss the impact of the digital divide on the urban poor, and the funding landscape for rural broadband deployment in Colorado.

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Robbie McBeath joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss his article on the Top 10 Broadband Stories of 2019 for the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society. He also defines key terms we often hear, but don't always agree on like broadband and the digital divide.

A new blazing fast internet connection in Paonia is making it easier for Americans who live far from Colorado to order cowboy hats that make them look like their favorite Western movie stars.

Editor's note: This story is the first of a three-part series looking at the state of Colorado's efforts to get rural households connected to high-speed internet.

NORWOOD- People living in the small farming town of Norwood have done some strange things to stay connected to the internet.

For example, librarian Carrie Andrew said the security cameras at the library once captured a young man arrive on his bicycle after hours to utilize the building's blazing fast Wi-Fi.

It takes a lot of grit, and good pair of ski goggles, to live in Ophir, Colorado.

Winds can reach 70 miles per hour during the winter in this old mining town nestled in a box canyon near Telluride. And sometimes, residents have to park well short of town and hike through the big snowdrifts to get back home.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Coming up at 4:30 today, community broadband expert Christopher Mitchell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance talks about municipal efforts to build high speed Internet networks across Colorado. That's at 4:30, only on KDNK.

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KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl speaks to Georgetown Law Institute fellow Gigi Sohn about her years serving at the Federal Communications Commission and her latest article for The Verge, called "It's Time For Congress to Fire the FCC Chairman." Sohn has spent three decades fighting for consumer protections, affordable access to high-speed Internet, privacy rights and competition in the marketplace. She's been called "the Conscience of the Chairman's Office" and one of the "Heroes Who Saved the Internet."

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

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.  

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KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Here is part two of our interview with senate candidate Emily Tracy, focused on education, rural broadband and campaign finance.  Colorado’s General Assembly is made up of 65 House members and 35 Senators. Each state senator represents approximately 123,000 people for a term of four years. Carbondale and all of Garfield County are in Senate District 8, represented by State Senator Randy Baumgardner, a Republican. He is running for reelection but has ignored KDNK’s request for an interview. 

On this year’s ballot, voters in Carbondale, Silt, Parachute and Garfield County will decide whether or not to opt out of restrictions on local government control over high speed Internet. Blake Mobley is IT Director for Rio Blanco County. Blake talks with Matt McBrayer and Gavin Dahl about Rio Blanco’s own ballot initiative, and the county’s decision to invest in infrastructure that is now delivering gigabit fiber to homes and businesses in Rangely and Meeker.

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KDNK news director Gavin Dahl speaks to Roaring Fork School District superintendent Dr. Rob Stein about education funding, the digital divide, affordable housing, school lunches, and why equity is important at the new school coming to Glenwood Springs.