A reliable, high-speed internet connection has become an essential need for everyday life during this time of COVID-19, and yet more than 42 million Americans (double the FCC estimate according to Broadband Now) do not have broadband access. This doesn’t account for people who live in areas with broadband infrastructure, but can’t afford it. Many of the priority areas that funders care about such as education, healthcare, workforce/economic development, equity, youth, older adults, etc. intersect with broadband. 87% of Colorado’s rural communities now have access to broadband, with local champions and private-public partnerships across our state working on this issue. What will it take to make sure rural communities aren’t left behind? What is the role that philanthropy can play in supporting broadband in Colorado?
Join us to hear from experts and funders on the different facets of the broadband issue. They will include:
- Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
- Teresa Ferguson, Colorado Broadband Office
- Greg Winkler, Department of Local Affairs’ Broadband Program
- Paul Major, Telluride Foundation
- Bruce Byington and Jin Tsuchiya, The Colorado Health Foundation
- Lynn Urban, United Way of Southwest Colorado
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