Governor John Hickenlooper Announces Initiative to Connect All Schools in Colorado to High-Speed Internet

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In Denver last week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced a new partnership between the Office of the Governor, the Governor’s Office of Information Technology and our team at EducationSuperHighway to launch “Kids Link Colorado.” This initiative will focus on ensuring that every public school classroom in Colorado has access to high-speed, affordable broadband connections that can support digital learning.

 “A student in Crested Butte should have access to the same online resources as a student in downtown Denver,” said Hickenlooper. “We are grateful to all of our partners including EducationSuperHighway who is donating services. This is a win for students, their families, our educators, and our state.”

Our EducationSuperHighway team has already begun work this fall alongside the Kids Link Colorado partners to involve stakeholders from across the state including representatives from the Colorado Department of Education, educational service agencies, service providers, and school districts. These conversations have helped us understand the unique regional challenges and opportunities. Ultimately, we will identify schools in need of support with their networks, and we will pinpoint strategies to increase access and affordability.

We are excited to partner with the team in Colorado in this effort to help school districts upgrade their network infrastructure and leverage federal E-rate dollars to make high-speed connectivity in every classroom in every far-reaching corner of the state a reality.

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EducationSuperHighway & Massachusetts connect residents to affordable broadband

Broadband activities are revving up in the Bay State. The timing is not a coincidence: with President Biden signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law in November 2021, and NTIA subsequently releasing Notices of Funding Opportunity which outline the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, Digital Equity Act, and Enabling Middle Mile Grant Infrastructure program in May 2022, states and localities find themselves in a new era of funding opportunities to finally close the digital divide. To connect the unconnected to affordable broadband, EducationSuperHighway has teamed up with organizations across Massachusetts to take advantage of this opportunity in three separate areas, described below.

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