Advance Colorado Broadband Grant Program

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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. 

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NEW! Broadband Ready Community Program

Broadband Ready Community Checklist

Providing access to high-speed broadband is a community effort that requires planning, coordination, partnership and management at the local, regional, and state levels. It takes time and effort to plan, communicate and coordinate with stakeholders for the best interest of your residents. The Broadband Ready Community Checklist is a step-by-step guide to planning and preparing broadband plans.

Broadband Ready Community Program Checklist

 

Broadband Ready Certified Community Designation 

CBO will recognize communities for their hard work preparing for broadband projects. Communities that complete the tasks listed in the Broadband Ready Community Checklist are eligible for designation as a Broadband Ready Certified Community. 

Certification applications will be accepted biannually on June 15 and December 15. To apply, fill out the application below. Once your application is submitted, CBO will request supporting documentation, including broadband plans, feasibility studies, public engagement materials, public meeting minutes, or other related documents demonstrating broadband readiness. CBO will then contact applicants to review materials. Once certified, communities must reapply for recertification every three years to maintain the designation.

All communities with the designation will be featured on CBO's website. A Broadband Ready Certified Community designation is not required to receive funding through the Advance Colorado Broadband program. While the designation does not guarantee state and federal broadband funding, it will identify the community as a willing partner that has minimized barriers to broadband infrastructure deployment.

Broadband Community Ready Application

 

Broadband Project Resources

A list of state and federal broadband programs and resources to consider

Broadband Project Resources

 

Coming soon - Technical Assistance Program

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Engage with the Colorado Broadband Office

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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. Access recordings from past meetings by clicking on the date.

Roundtable schedule - Register here

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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 on the third Wednesday of every other month. Access recordings from past meetings by clicking on the date.

Roundtable Schedule - Register Here

Programs Team

Kendall Cramer 
Program Specialist - Federal Funding, State of Colorado
Kendall.Cramer@state.co.us, (M) 970.732.3071

Haitham Ali 
Senior IT Project Manager - Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 14
Haitham.Ali@state.co.us, (M) 303.941.4557

Michael Murphy 
Senior IT Project Manager - Regions 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Michael.D.Murphy@state.co.us, (M) 720-948-6177 

Regional Planning Map
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Questions?   Contact us at OIT_broadband@state.co.us

Polis Administration Announces $171 Million Broadband Project Grant from U.S. Treasury Capital Projects Fund

The U.S. Department of the Treasury approved the Colorado Broadband Office’s plan to spend $171 million from the American Rescue Plan's Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF) to connect more Colorado households to high-speed internet. The CPF grant will be used to connect 18,000 unserved households with reliable internet, fund fiber infrastructure projects to prepare for future internet needs, and support Colorado communities with the most urgent broadband needs. CPF and future federal broadband funding will be administered to subgrantee recipients through the Advance Colorado Broadband grant program in 2023. Read the press release.

 

Polis Administration Announces $5 Million Federal Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Planning Grant Awarded to Colorado 

The Polis administration announced that the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) is awarding Colorado over $5 million to prepare for the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) funding program. The BEAD program is the country’s largest-ever investment in broadband, and provides funding to build infrastructure and provide equitable opportunities through access to the internet. Read the press release.

What does your community need to improve broadband?

You know the broadband needs of your region and the stakeholders best. We are asking for your support to ensure information about broadband projects and grants from our office makes it into the hands of relevant broadband stakeholders in your region. This is a historic investment in broadband, and it is our job to work with our community and industry leaders to ensure this money gives broadband access to the Coloradans who need it most. 

Fill out the Community Needs Survey

Colorado Broadband Roadmap

The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) announces the release of the Colorado Broadband Roadmap (Roadmap), our five-year strategic plan to connect 99% of Colorado households to high-speed broadband by 2027. The Roadmap is a directive from Executive Order D 2022-023, signed by Governor Polis on June 2, requiring the CBO to develop a plan for accelerating broadband deployment in Colorado in support of the largest investment in broadband ever made by the federal government. Over the next five years, the country will invest more than $100 billion in broadband nationwide; Colorado will likely receive $400 million to $700 million.

The public will have an opportunity to submit feedback on the Roadmap from Oct. 11 to Nov. 22. Find the full Roadmap plus a video overview and public comment form at broadband.colorado.gov/.  
 

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:

FCC Broadband Data Collection
FCC 477 Filing
CBO Data Collection


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.

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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:

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.
 


In June and July of 2022, 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.

Letter of Intent Webinar Slide Deck

Thank you to everyone who submitted an LOI telling us about your broadband project. Below you will find follow-up information on this project. 


Letter of Intent Submission Summary

Letter of Intent Grant Guidance Webinar Recording

Letter of Intent Grant Guidance Slide Deck

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Tell us your story

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. 

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