Building a universal 21st-century digital infrastructure enables more Coloradans to telecommute and can be a lifeline for many rural communities that rely on telemedicine. Whether you’re a senior who wants to video chat with the grandkids in Texas, or an entrepreneur looking to compete in a global economy, creative approaches to infrastructure play a significant role in making sure all Coloradans can live a good life in a changing economy.
Expanding broadband to every corner of the state
Small businesses know that hiring top talent might mean recruiting workers who live hundreds or thousands of miles away, and rural Coloradans can benefit from telecommuting and the wider availability of telemedicine/telehealth. Any plan for infrastructure that doesn’t include making sure Colorado has universal access to high-speed internet is simply an outdated proposal.
- Our Broadband Deployment Fund could fund internet projects across the state, but the law surrounding it is vague and murky, resulting in slow-moving investments in building out high-speed internet. We will speed that investment by changing the law to move resources faster.
- We’ll give rural towns and citizens the freedom to plan for and invest in broadband by removing the antiquated requirement to conduct costly and time-intensive elections to do so. Municipal broadband is one of the most powerful consumer protection tools we have to preserve net neutrality and maintain an open internet.
- Colorado will partner with local governments to create strategic regional broadband plans and support public-private partnerships by encouraging state agencies to collaborate in building reliable internet across the state using existing resources.
- I’ll leverage existing public broadband infrastructure from CDOT and school districts to enhance access in communities across our state.
- I will nominate Public Utility Commission members who support building out rural broadband and side with consumers over well-funded special interests. I will also encourage CDOT to coordinate with local governments in using existing fiber lines and resources to close service gaps.
Enacting thoughtful best-practice land use policies that reduce the need for travel by
- Recruiting local governments in developing statewide design guidance that help communities pursue mixed-use zoning, increased density where appropriate, and transit-oriented attainable housing.
- Adopting best practices for land use by shifting our focus from parking requirements to pedestrian friendly streets, and development that maintains our architectural soul, improves the character of our cities and towns, enhances the built environment, and creates a sense of place.
- Investing in walking and biking paths across the state, ensuring connectivity with our transit systems and making bike commuting a reality for more Coloradans.