Multimillion federal grant means Internet in rural Colorado

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About $6 million in federal grants will allow CenturyLink to provide broadband service to about 8,000 homes in rural areas.

The money is part of a $35 million Phase-I package given to CenturyLink from the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund, which is intended to provide Internet service to rural areas across the country.

In all, 45,000 homes will gain service through the grant.

CenturyLink mountain region president Kenny Wyatt said that even though the company has made significant investments in Colorado, there are still many underserved areas.

Grants scheduled to be dispersed within the next three years could allow CenturyLink to reach as many as 18,000 homes in Colorado.