What can we do for you?
Through the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Broadband Program, local governments can apply for grants for broadband planning. DOLA recognizes that local governments can play a role assisting public institutions and private businesses, as well as local residents, to gain access to reliable broadband service at affordable costs. These efforts can enhance economic development, improve distance learning opportunities, promote inter-jurisdictional communication, and improve health care delivery and to meet Coloradans' requests for better access to the breadth of services available over broadband.
Visit the DOLA Broadband Program page for completed regional plans, RFP examples, and grant program information.
Local governments play an important role in enabling broadband access for their community members. This can include digital skills training, fiber-to-the-home broadband networks, and everything in between.
How you can support your community:
- Visit our Learning Center to learn about broadband and digital equity, best practices and lessons learned
- Educate your community by highlighting broadband and digital equity resources through your communication channels
- Work with other community organizations like schools, libraries and health care providers to leverage and combine resources
- Contact us! We would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we can support your efforts to improve broadband in your community
We provide information, promote discussion and prepare recommendations on broadband policy. We want to make sure that all voices are represented in our discussions and recommendations. Visit our Policy page for more information. Ensure that your community is engaged with the Colorado Broadband Office by:
- Signing up for our newsletter
- Attending public meetings - visit our calendar for meeting information
Understanding SB05-152 and SB23-183
In 2005, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 05-152 (SB05-152), which excluded local governments from entering into the broadband market and prohibited most uses of municipal or county money for infrastructure to improve local broadband service without voter permission.
On May 1, 2023, Governor Polis signed SB23-183 (Local Government Provision of Communications Services), which eliminated SB05-152. SB23-183 enables Colorado’s local governments to provide, or partner to provide, broadband internet service without having to pass voter referendums