Local Governments

What can we do for you?

We support local governments' efforts to expand and improve broadband and efforts to support community members.

 

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Your point of contact is: Antonio Martinez

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Strategic broadband planning


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.

Find broadband data


Visit our Data & Mapping Hub to explore broadband maps and data to identify gaps and opportunities in your community. This data can help support strategic planning, policy decisions, and community education and engagement.

​Can’t find the data you are looking for? Fill out the Data Request Form.

Support your community members


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

Policy Resources


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. Ensure that your community is engaged with the Colorado Broadband Office by:

  • Signing up for our newsletter
  • Attending public meetings of the Broadband Advisory Board and the Broadband Deployment Board
Understanding SB05-152

In 2005, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 05-152 (SB05-152), which excludes local governments from entering into the broadband market and prohibits most uses of municipal or county money for infrastructure to improve local broadband service without voter permission. More than 100 municipalities have successfully passed ballot initiatives related to SB05-152. The Colorado Municipal League (CML) maintains a map of municipalities that have asked their residents to opt out of this restriction. 

View the CML SB05-152 Opt Out Map

Funding

State Programs

DOLA Broadband Program

DOLA supports the efforts of local governments to improve Broadband service to their constituents to achieve enhanced community and economic development.

Fund Owner:  Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Website: Program Website

Important Dates: Application period for Cycle 21-12: August 2, 2021 - September 3, 2021

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Federal Programs

Broadband Infrastructure Program

The Broadband Infrastructure Program is a $288 million broadband deployment program directed to partnerships between a state, or one or more political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service to support broadband infrastructure deployment to areas lacking broadband, especially rural areas.

Fund Owner:  NTIA

Website: Program Website

Important Dates: Application deadline: August 17, 2021

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Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Program

The Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program provides grants to eligible HBCUs, TCUs and MSIs in anchor communities for the purchase of broadband Internet access service or any eligible equipment, or to hire and train information technology personnel.

Fund Owner:  NTIA

Website: Program Website

Important Dates: Awaiting NOFO

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Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF)

The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) will address many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality, modern infrastructure needed to thrive, including internet access.

Fund Owner:  U.S. Treasury

Website: Program Website 

Important Dates: Treasury guidance is expected to be issued in July and applications will be accepted for review in the summer of 2021.

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Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

Fund Owner:  U.S. Treasury

Website: Program Website 

Important Dates: Interim final rules (IFRs) comment deadline is July 16, 2021.

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Community Connect Grant Program

The Community Connect program helps fund broadband deployment in rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private-sector providers to deliver service.

Fund Owner: USDA

Website: Program Website 

Important Dates: Funding Opportunity Announcement was posted September 24, 2020, and 90-day application window closed December 23, 2020.

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