The Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) has partnered with the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to support local governments in their efforts to improve broadband service, the authority said.
SIPA´s annual micro-grant program has awarded three grants in each of the last two years to DOLA broadband communities. In 2015, grants were awarded to Otero County, the Town of Silver Cliff and the Town of Red Cliff, and in 2016 grants were awarded to the Town of Estes Park, the Town of Westcliffe and Red Feather Lakes Library District.
A large portion of the grant funding is made possible by the self-funded contract between SIPA and its private partner, Colorado Interactive.
The town of Silver Cliff installed a second WiFi access point in the town park for the many community activities and greater use from locals and tourists.
Established in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority is a self-funded government organization created to be Colorado´s single most comprehensive delivery channel for electronic government (eGovernment) services.
The Department of Local Affairs is responsible for strengthening Colorado´s local communities. DOLA works in partnership with local governments and organizations statewide to provide funding for projects, affordable housing, and disaster recovery relief, as well as expertise to communities through robust technical assistance programs to help with community planning, property taxation, and tax appeals.
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