The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released version 3.0 of the National Broadband Map. According to a blog post by FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel, the number of unserved homes and businesses is decreasing. The most recent map shows approximately 7.2 million locations without access to high-speed internet service. Version 2.0 of the map, released in May, showed 8.3 million locations.
The 2023 Colorado Broadband Data Collection opens tomorrow, Feb. 14 and runs through March 10, 2023.
We collect broadband availability data following the FCC data specifications. To learn more about data requirements and format, please visit our How to Submit Data web page.
The CBO has decided not to publish the dataset from our Fall 2022 Data Collection. We typically publish the biannual dataset in October, however due to our team’s focus on a number of other projects we have not been able to dedicate the time necessary to process and quality control the data.
As the CBO prepares to deploy $500-700 million in broadband grant funding, we recognize that many of the communities in need of broadband service may not have the capacity to develop and manage a broadband project or plan. With that in mind, we have developed a Community Broadband Needs Survey to better understand the how we can assist communities across Colorado who are looking to attract or improve broadband services. We welcome your feedback on topics such as grant writing, mapping, engineering, project management and more. This survey will close on Nov. 11.
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 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.
On July 13, the CBO Data Team hosted the first webinar in our Broadband Data & Mapping Webinar series, focused on Broadband Data Collection. We walked through our process to collect broadband availability data from ISPs, including:
- The data collection timeline,
- How ISPs can prepare and submit data,
- How the CBO processes data, and
- How and when the data is published
Outreach for our fall data collection cycle has begun! The data submission deadline is September 3, 2021. Please contact us to verify your company’s point of contact to ensure your company participates in our data collection.
What's new this year?
Our process remains the same, however the recently passed HB21-1109 changes the participation and data granularity requirements.