Colorado’s Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would expedite the construction of high-speed broadband service in rural areas by taking money from a state fund that has long subsidized rural telephone service.

Gov. John Hickenlooper says he wants to raise broadband availability in rural Colorado from 70 percent now to 100 percent by 2020.

Hickenlooper said that Colorado’s eastern plains, western slope and many mountain towns have missed out on the economic boom that is centered in metropolitan Denver.