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This is a general summary of topics discussed at the meeting and not verbatim or official, recorded minutes.

Commissioner Donnelly hosted Drew Davis, Larimer’s Broadband Program Manager, at his May Citizen Meetings to talk about the future of high-speed internet connectivity in the county.

Davis shared the preliminary results of the Residential Internet Survey, Phase One of the grant-funded Larimer Broadband Feasibility Study. Its purpose is to identify ways that the county might help provide better access to internet for its residents. The county is analyzing the results to understand current usage, future demand and willingness to pay for broadband service.

Commissioner Donnelly clarified that the county is not looking to become an internet service provider but instead, would like to facilitate funding opportunities and expand available networks to lease out to service providers.

Davis explained that Phase Two of the Broadband Feasibility Study will assess regulations and policies. Phase Three, to wrap up by December of this year, will bring recommendations for partnerships and funding to the commissioners.

Among the biggest surprises in the results, according to Davis, were the ways people use their current internet service, differently than expected: For education, adult and continuing ed courses were the most popular, out-ranking primary and secondary education. Accessing government services came in at #4, (81% of users) after online shopping, social media and watching entertainment.

Davis predicts that there will be increased usage of internet for telehealth services and mental health services as they become available.

Stay tuned for the final survey results to become available after July 1st on the Broadband Page of the Larimer County website.

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Drew Davis:, 970-231-6965

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