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Group seeks more stimulus money for broadband

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado consortium is seeking up to $150 million in stimulus money in a second round of funding to expand high-speed Internet access.

The stimulus package included $7.2 billion to expand broadband access nationwide. Colorado received $3.7 million in the first round of funding.

A consortium called Eagle-Net is pushing for second-round funds to help connect fiber optic networks to different sites.

Eagle-Net chief information officer Denise Atkinson-Shorey says having access to high-speed Internet is like having had access to railroads when the West was settled: Towns with railroad stops flourished.

Eagle-Net is a spinoff of the Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Longmont.

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