CenturyLink® has declared that it has extended its high-speed internet service to numerous rural households and businesses in rural Colorado communities. The telecom provider has extended its best internet services as a part of the government supported initiative in enhancing broadband connectivity among the regions. Under this new expansion initiative, about 28,000 houses and businesses are now offered with internet connectivity with speeds ranging from 10 to 80 megabits per second. This is available across cities such as West Cortez, Durango, and Pagosa Springs.
According to CenturyLink®, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has marked approximately 14,000 of the houses and businesses based in these areas as high cost. Moreover, this initiative is also qualified under the Connect America Fund of the FCC.
Previously, the company had announced that as a part of the Connect America Fund, it had annually accepted about $26.5 million for a period of six years. Due to this, CenturyLink® is entitled to provide broadband internet to about 50,000 households and businesses in rural areas with speeds of at least 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads.
As a part of this program, CenturyLink® has carried out numerous upgrades to about 150 of its networking infrastructure located in the rural areas for expanding the broadband service. Brandon Yergey, spokesperson for CenturyLink® said, “Through the construction of new fiber cable and upgrading additional existing facilities to rural wire centers across the state, more than 13,000 additional customer locations benefited from improved speeds, some reaching 80 Mbps. Speeds vary based on distance limitations.”
Numerous households and businesses operating in these rural areas will immensely benefit from this broadband upgrade. Colorado is the only state for which CenturyLink® received public funding for extending the broadband to rural areas. Anthony Neal-Graves, executive director of the Colorado Broadband Office said, “Improving broadband access in rural areas is a critical goal in Colorado. We need to ensure that federal funds that have made this investment possible, along with private investment, make the biggest impact in our state.”
According to Guy Gunther, the vice president of operations for CenturyLink® in Colorado, the company is dedicated to improving internet connectivity to the people like other internet providers. He stated, “Our promise is to continue our investment in our Colorado network, providing fast and affordable high-speed internet to customers across the state and helping to close the urban-rural divide.”