Construction is under way to expand and improve broadband to nearly 3,000 locations in western Colorado. TDS Telecom began work in the spring in portions of Delta and Gunnison counties. Construction is expected to be done in the fall of 2018.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $1.6 million each year to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Colorado. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations.
Residents can visit the TDS website (https://tdstelecom.com/networkupgrades.html) to find out how this federal program may impact them. Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3).
TDS has been doing business in Colorado since 1991 and owns two telephone companies in the state.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.