DENVER - Five telecommunication reform bills signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday and Saturday could mean better access to broadband Internet for rural Coloradans.

Hickenlooper signed House Bills 1327, 1329, 1330 and 1331 on Friday in Denver, and signed House Bill 1328 on Saturday in Gunnison.

Likely the most impactful are 1327, the Broadband Deployment Act, and 1328, the Deployment of Broadband into Unserved Areas of Colorado Act.

HB 1327, among other things provides tax exemptions for companies that install broadband infrastructure in unserved or difficult-to-serve areas of the state.

HB 1328, meanwhile, reimburses private companies for some of the cost of developing broadband services in similar areas.

The bills were signed in the state House and Senate last month.

"These bills will go a long way to making sure everyone, regardless of where they live in this state, has quality and reliable broadband access," Hickenlooper said in a statement. "What's more, these bills create a business environment of regulatory certainty, while protecting consumers and public safety."