The Initial Proposal Volume 2 for BEAD was released last week for public comment.
The Advance Colorado Broadband Technical Assistance Program, which offers municipalities, counties, school districts, special districts, council of governments, economic development districts, and other political subdivisions and state agencies within the State of Colorado consulting services to prepare, plan, apply for and administer a federal g
The CBO today released the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program Initial Proposal Volume 2.
The Initial Proposal Volume 2 outlines critical components of the BEAD grant program, including the plan for workforce development, stakeholder engagement, low-cost and middle-class broadband service options, and the selection process for subgrantees.
The Broadband Deployment Board (BDB) typically runs two cycles per year; however, due to the nature of the sunset in September 2024 the BDB is not going to complete two full cycles before its expiration on September 30, 2024.
To compensate for not having two full cycles, staff is proposing one final cycle to take place with two reviews to ensure all remaining funds, including the High Cost Support Mechanism deposit scheduled for July, are awarded. A few key points:
The Broadband Band Fund is working diligently to design the final grant cycle in 2024. Due to the program's sunset scheduled for Sept. 30, 2024, there is only one grant cycle in 2024.
A Broadband Ready Certified Community is a Colorado community that has taken steps to encourage broadband infrastructure deployment to connect its residents. Steps can include creating a broadband task force, surveying community members, involving schools, businesses and other community anchor institutions, creating budgets and timelines, reviewing local policies and speaking with providers.
Summer 2023 Grant Cycle Awards
Final decisions regarding Summer 2023 Grant Awards were made by the Broadband Deployment Board at the October 3, 2023 meeting. The Final Awards are also listed below:
Originally published July 17, 2023
Update: The Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 Public Comment Presentation/Initial Application meetings are virtual. There is no in-person attendance.
A timeline and updated Policies and Guidance documents are now available for the Broadband Deployment Board’s (BDB) Summer 2023 Grant Cycle.
Originally published June 12, 2023
The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) is traveling around the state to both host our Summer Roadshow and to participate in the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) Summits held by the State of Colorado and there is still time to join us. We've added new dates listed below.