Helping Coloradans thrive anywhere in the state
Nearly every aspect of our lives involves technology. When the pandemic required residents to work, learn and connect with people and services from home, it accelerated the need for fast, reliable and affordable broadband access. That’s why we set a goal to connect 99% of Colorado households to high-speed broadband by the end of 2027. Our new Advance Colorado Broadband state-managed grant program will deploy federal funding for projects that invest in capital assets, bridge the state's digital divide and help Coloradans thrive anywhere in the state.
Advance Colorado Broadband Grant Program
All grant applications for federal funds through the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) will be awarded through the Advance grant program. Over the next few years, we will work with communities, providers, cooperatives, anchor institutions, education systems, government offices and healthcare facilities to develop projects that improve infrastructure, affordability, digital connectivity (e.g., devices and equipment) and access to high-speed internet.
Letters of Intent
In June and July, the CBO invited interested stakeholders to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for Advance Colorado Broadband grants. The LOIs informed our office about just some of the potential future broadband projects across the state. We received more than 80 LOIs, with plans that impact nearly every county. The map shows the counties that would be impacted by the broadband projects proposed in the LOIs.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an LOI telling us about your broadband project. Below you will find follow-up information on this project.
Engage with the Colorado Broadband Office
Advance Industry Roundtable - An opportunity for internet service providers (ISPs) to participate, throughout the grant development and funding process. The CBO invites ISPs for a topic discussion and Q&A session, occurring on the third Tuesday of every other month.
Roundtable schedule - Register here
- Sept. 20, 2022, 9:30 a.m.
- Nov. 15, 2022, 9:30 a.m.
- Jan. 17, 2023 09:30 a.m.
- Mar. 21, 2023 09:30 a.m.
- May 16, 2023 09:30 a.m.
Advance Community Leader Roundtable - An opportunity for community leaders to participate in the broadband funding deployment discussion. We invite community leaders, local governments, school districts, healthcare facilities, public safety officials, multi-use facility owners, etc., throughout the grant development and funding process. The CBO invites community leaders for a topic discussion and Q&A session, occurring on the third Wednesday of every other month.
Roundtable Schedule - Register Here
- Sept. 21, 2022 10:30 a.m.
- Nov. 16, 2022 10:30 a.m.
- Jan. 18, 2023 10:30 a.m.
- Mar. 15, 2023 10:30 a.m.
- May 17, 2023 10:30 a.m.
Program Specialist - Federal Funding, State of Colorado
Kendall.Cramer@state.co.us, (M) 970.732.3071
Senior IT Project Manager - Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 14
Haitham.Ali@state.co.us, (M) 303.941.4557
Senior IT Project Manager - Regions 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Michael.D.Murphy@state.co.us, (M) 720-948-6177
ISPs Must Submit Broadband Data by September 1 to Receive BEAD Funding
As part of the Internet for All initiative, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is responsible for awarding the $48 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, which will grant each state $100 million and allocate the remaining money based on the number of unserved households. NTIA will rely on the data being collected as part of the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection (BDC) to identify these unserved locations. The FCC’s new Broadband Map will be used to help states fund projects that achieve universal high-speed internet access. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who fail to submit their Broadband Data Collection and FCC Form 477 data by September 1, 2022, will be ineligible for BEAD Program subgrants in the states in which they operate. Learn more in this Internet For All Fact Sheet.
Additionally, BEAD funding in Colorado will be disbursed through the Advance Colorado Broadband Program. In order to participate in the Advance Colorado Broadband Program, you must submit data to the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO).
This means that ISPs who wish to receive BEAD funding in Colorado must submit data in three separate data collections:
What you need to know:
- FCC BDC Submission and FCC 477 Filing are due no later than September 1, 2022
- CBO Data Submission is due no later than September 2, 2022
- CBO is accepting the same data as the FCC BDC
- An ISP’s failure to timely submit accurate and complete data to the FCC may also result in FCC enforcement and/or penalties
If you will not be able to meet these deadlines, please reach out to both the FCC BDC Support and the Colorado Broadband Office at oit_BroadbandData@state.co.us, as soon as possible.
- Internet for All Website: https://www.internetforall.gov/
- FCC BDC Website: https://www.fcc.gov/BroadbandData/filers
- FCC Form 477 Filing Resources: https://www.fcc.gov/economics-analytics/industry-analysis-division/form-477-resources
- CBO Data Collection Website: https://broadband.colorado.gov/broadband-data-collection
- Data & Mapping Hub
- Colorado Broadband Map
- Broadband Resources for Providers
- Broadband Speed Test
- Broadband Service Levels across Colorado Map
Federal Program Resources
Capital Projects Fund
How are grants funded?
The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) is participating in federal broadband funding programs offered through the U.S. Treasury Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Colorado will receive more than $500 million for broadband infrastructure improvement projects, helping us build a reliable internet network for future generations. Funding sources:
- $171 million from the Capital Projects Fund (CPF) under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to build broadband infrastructure after the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and accelerated our need to be able to work, learn and manage health from home. Administered by the U.S. Treasury Department.
- Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program (MM) for the construction, improvement or acquisition of middle-mile infrastructure. Administered by the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA).
- Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program (expected in 2024). Administered by NTIA.
- Digital Equity Programs (expected in 2024). Administered by NTIA.
What does the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) view as ideal projects for Capital Projects Fund (CPF) and Middle Mile grants?
Ideal projects proposals will:
- Build or improve Colorado's middle-mile broadband infrastructure, which is the backbone of the state's high-speed internet network.
- Address unserved (i.e., internet speeds under 25 Mbps download/ 3 Mbps upload) or underserved (i.e., internet speeds between 25 Mbps download/ 3 upload Mbps - 100 Mbps download/ 20 Mbps upload) areas.
- Be community-driven with partnerships between municipalities, providers and other applicable stakeholders.
What do you mean by “community-driven” projects or proposals?
Community-driven projects refer to municipalities working with internet service providers (ISPs), nonprofits, schools, hospitals, multi-use facilities, etc., to develop plans that address their community’s broadband needs.
- Example: A town of 1,200 needs high-speed internet for its three schools so students can use iPads. The school works with local city officials to find a provider and together develop a proposal to provide last-mile broadband to the buildings.
- Example: A nonprofit organization assists a small town to find partnerships and develop proposals
When will the Advance Colorado Broadband grant program take official grant applications?
While we will accept Letters of Intent to apply for funding from June 15 to July 18, 2022, the program will open for official applications in early 2023.
What information needs to be included in the LOI?
- Project summary
- Statement of need
- Why your community, area or facility needs broadband
- How this project will affect your community
- Levels of current broadband connectivity
- Project dates
- Estimated budget
- Estimated funding request
Recommended methods to gather data to support broadband plans
Qualitative (examples of)
- Town halls/ community meetings
- Surveys (Survey Monkey or Google Forms)
- Partners in the community - Hospitals and public health departments are regularly doing community needs surveys.
- Interviews with community members and business owners
- Reports from community organizations
Quantitative (examples of)
- Speed test results
- Existing broadband performance from a local provider
- Federal and/or state-collected broadband data and maps (see "Resources" section for Colorado Broadband map, NTIA maps), FCC data and census data
Affordable Connectivity Program
Any federal broadband program requires you to participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program.
Capital Projects Fund guidelines: The U.S. Treasury Department has identified the Federal Communications Commission’s ACP as the federal consumer broadband subsidy program that a service provider must participate in for a completed Broadband Infrastructure Project. State recipients must require the service provider to participate in the ACP for the lifespan of the Broadband Infrastructure Project, or until the ACP or its successor program(s) are no longer operating.
- Broadband: High-speed internet connection that is always available. It allows the user to send and receive information through the internet at faster speeds than traditional dial-up. The Federal Communications Commission defines basic broadband as transmission speeds of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.
- Middle-mile infrastructure: The network connection between the last mile and greater internet. For instance, in a rural area, the middle mile would likely connect the town's network to a larger metropolitan area where it interconnects with major carriers.
- Unserved: Areas/ regions/ communities with internet speeds slower than 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload).
- Underserved: Areas/ regions/ communities with internet speeds between 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload and 100 Mbps download/ 20 Mbps upload.
Additional terms are found on the CBO glossary.
Tell Us Your Broadband Story
Access to high-speed internet impacts us all differently. It has become a vital part of participating in modern society, providing access to at-home learning, work opportunities, healthcare and other resources. The Colorado Broadband Office would love to hear how access to high-speed internet can impact you or your community.