Broadband Fund

About the Broadband Fund

The Broadband Deployment Board, established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2014, provides grants through the Broadband Fund to deploy broadband service in unserved areas of the state. 

Who can apply?

For-profit entities are eligible to apply, as well as nonprofit telephone cooperatives or nonprofit rural electric associations that existed on May 10, 2014. Applicants and appellants are required to submit granular mapping data to the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO). Learn about the CBO Broadband Data Collection.

Review the Minimum Requirements and Grant Award Criteria to ensure the project meets eligibility criteria.

How does the funding process work?

broadband fund application process

Where are we now?

Summer 2021 Cycle

Application review meeting scheduled for October 7, 2021

Application cycle occurs twice per year

  • Step 1: Submit Fund Application: Applications are due on January 15 and July 15 each year
  • Step 2: Applications Open for Public Comment: Applications are posted for a 60 day public comment period
  • Step 3: Public Board Meeting: The Board meets to review applications and make initial funding decisions
  • Step 4: Board Deliberation: Board reviews appeals and Rights of First Refusal (RFR)
  • Step 5: Grants Awarded: After review of appeals, RFR, and available funding, final funding decisions are made and grants are awarded