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Colorado Taps Brandy Reitter as New State Broadband Director

In February 2022, Brandy Reitter will become the next executive director of the Colorado Broadband Office, as the state prepares for significant increases in funding to expand high-speed connectivity.

The Colorado state capitol.
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Broadband efforts in Colorado remain a high priority, with Brandy Reitter to serve as the new executive director of the Colorado Broadband Office.

Reitter will lead the state’s broadband strategy during a time of robust advancement and development of Internet connectivity, particularly for rural areas.

“It’s an exciting time for broadband expansion as the state acquires new tools and resources in bridging the digital divide,” said Anthony Neal-Graves, Colorado's CIO and executive director of the Office of Information Technology (OIT), in a statement. “Brandy knows how to collaboratively address the obstacles our rural communities encounter, and with her passion for developing creative solutions, is well suited to take advantage of the immense potential this wave of funding creates."

Reitter, who has been serving in local government for the last 15 years, will begin her new role at the Colorado Broadband Office in February 2022, replacing the temporary oversight position held by OIT Deputy Executive Director Julia Richman.

Broadband is a key component of the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which commits $65 billion to the task of expanding broadband and access. Aside from this legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the American Rescue Plan Act both included funding for connectivity projects.

The Colorado Broadband Office was formed within OIT in 2016. Neal-Graves was the office’s first executive director, appointed by then-Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“Working in municipal government has given me a window into how challenging broadband expansion can be for underserved communities,” Reitter said. “I am excited to collaborate with local and regional leaders to ensure that every home, business, school, library and medical center has access to high-speed Internet.”

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to clarify Julia Richman's role with the Colorado Broadband Office.