On Sept. 19, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced updates to their Federal Funding webpage which acts as a "one-stop shop" for applicants seeking federal funding.
On September 20 and 21, the CBO hosted it's first round of Advance Industry and Community Roundtable meetings. In order to establish a regular cadence of communication with our partners, the CBO will hold these Roundtable meetings bi-monthly. The slides and recordings from the first Industry and Community Roundtable discussions can be found below.
Advance Industry Roundtable (Sept. 20):
On September 15, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), along with the CBO, hosted a webinar to discuss the Digital Equity (DE) Planning Grant and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). We reviewed what to expect from the DE planning process, the program timeline and our proposed activities. We discussed how the Digital Equity Committee will replace the Subcommittee on Digital Literacy and Inclusion and how to get involved. Additionally, the CBO gave an overview of the ACP and how it can benefit Colorado communities. View the recording and slides below.
Broadband Deployment Board Prepares for Winter 2022 Grant Cycle Appeal Hearings and Upcoming Timeline
Winter 2022 Grant Cycle Appeals Hearing
On Aug. 25, the Broadband Deployment Board (BDB) completed its application review for the Winter 2022 Grant Cycle. BDB decisions regarding applicant's ability to meet the Minimum Requirements for both the High-Cost Support Mechanism (HCSM) Funding and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Stimulus Fund were posted on our website.
On September 14 & 15, the CBO hosted webinars to discuss learnings and best practices surrounding the 87 Letters Of Intent (LOIs) our team received for broadband projects across the state. Presentation slides and recording can be found below. Learn more about LOIs and the Advance Colorado Broadband Grant Program on our website.
Broadband Deployment Board decisions from the Winter 2022 Grant cycle were posted on our website on Aug. 31, 2022, officially starting the countdown for the appeals process. The Appeals & Right of First Refusal (RoFR) submissions deadline has been extended from Sept. 5 to Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11:59 p.m.
The Broadband Fund is working to finalize dates for Winter 2022 RoFR & Appeals Hearings. The tentative timeline is:
The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) would like to announce new opportunities to engage with us on the development of our broadband expansion plan and deployment of funds through our Advance Colorado Broadband grant program. The best strategy to address Colorado's areas in need of broadband is to work together. Therefore, we are establishing a regular cadence of communication with our partners.
Broadband Deployment Board Posts Funding Decisions for Winter 2022 Grant Cycle and Cancels Summer 2022 Grant Cycle
Winter 2022 Grant Cycle Funding Decisions
On Thursday, August 25, the Broadband Deployment Board (BDB) completed its application review for the Winter 2022 Grant Cycle. BDB decisions regarding applicant's ability to meet the Minimum Requirements for both the High-Cost Support Mechanism Funding and American Rescue Plan Act Stimulus Fund were posted on our website earlier today.
Winter 2022 Grant Cycle
Thank you for your patience as we finalize the meeting schedule for the Broadband Deployment Board (BDB). The new date to conclude the Winter 2022 Grant Cycle Application Review is as follows:
Application Review - Winter 2022 Funding Discussion
- Thursday, Aug. 25 at 9:30 a.m.
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.