Can companies like SpaceX finally bring broadband to thousands of rural Coloradans?

The Colorado Sun: Elon Musk’s SpaceX is coming to Colorado. Sort of. The California aerospace firm was among the winners in the $9.2 billion federal broadband auction aimed at ending the digital divide in rural America. 

SpaceX, short for Space Exploration Technologies Corp., received a $39.7 million piece of Colorado’s allotment to serve more than 19,000 households or businesses in the western part of the state, including Mesa, Rio Blanco and San Juan counties. It joined seven other companies, including Lumen (previously called CenturyLink) for the state’s $250 million share to offer broadband service for the first time to 76,216 households and businesses in the state.

If completed, this would get Colorado’s rural households with no internet close to 100% covered. But there’s concern among local broadband leaders that just because the money has been awarded, that doesn’t mean fast internet will actually arrive — at least not anytime soon.

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