Lt. Governor Primavera Announces Statewide ACP Act Now Initiative

On Feb. 22, Lt. Governor Primavera announced a statewide initiative to increase awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a long-term benefit to help eligible households pay for high-speed internet, with support from EducationSuperHighway. Seventy one (71) partner cities, community-based organizations and trusted institutions around Colorado were invited to participate in the initiative.

Read the full press release.

Announcing the Broadband Ready Community Program

We are excited to announce the Broadband Ready Community Program. This program will create an opportunity for communities in Colorado to become “broadband ready” ahead of upcoming historic federal funding disbursement. Through the past year of stakeholder engagement, we have gathered that local communities could greatly benefit from a guided approach to understanding their broadband needs as they begin to plan long-term projects. We have developed a list of tasks (Broadband Ready Community Checklist- see below) that communities can adopt on their way to becoming broadband ready.

January Industry & Community Roundtable Webinars: Slides and Recordings Now Available

On January 17 and 25, the CBO hosted it's 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 January's Industry and Community Roundtable discussions can be found below. The next Roundtable discussions will take place in March 2023.

Advance Industry Roundtable (Jan. 17)

Broadband Deployment Board Winter 2023 Grant Cycle: Open Comment Period Extended

The Winter 2023 Grant Cycle Applications were due on January 15. The comment period was scheduled to begin on January 16, however we experienced technical issues that prevented us from publishing all applications for the opening of the comment period. All applications are now posted to our website. Accordingly, we are extending the public comment/response period by one day. Therefore, the Open Comment period is now from Tuesday, January 17, 2023 until Friday, March 3, 2023.

Understanding the FCC Map & Challenge Processes Webinar Recordings & Slides Available

On Dec. 7, the CBO Data Team hosted the second webinar in our Broadband Data & Mapping Webinar series, focused on understanding the FCC Map & challenge processes. We discussed:

Overview of the FCC Map & Data

  • How to use the map
  • How to use the data

Overview of Challenges

  • Types of challenges
  • How to submit challenges

Challenge the Map

Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Planning Grant Awarded to Colorado

On Dec. 8, 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.