Broadband Data Collection

We collect broadband availability data from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in a biannual data collection cycle. Data is then aggregated into a single statewide dataset to show broadband availability across the state in the Colorado Broadband Map

Spring data collection cycle:

  • Data collection begins in January each year
  • Data is published in early April
  • Collects data that is current as of December 31 of the preceding year

Fall data collection cycle

  • Data collection begins in July each year
  • Data is published in early October
  • Collects data that is current as of June 30 of the same year

Where are we now?

The Spring 2022 data collection cycle ended in early April and map updates are now available. Outreach for the Fall 2022 data collection cycle will begin in July.

How to Submit Data              

Our focus on data accuracy

Our goal is to provide a complete and accurate representation of broadband service availability in Colorado. To achieve this goal, we strive to collect accurate data from all Internet Service Providers (ISPs). For the Colorado Broadband Data Collection, “accurate data” is defined as current data (no less than two years old) that meets the granularity requirements outlined in 24-37.5-119 (9m).

Who submits data?

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that participate or intend to participate in any State of Colorado Broadband grants programs (this includes Broadband Deployment Board, OIT Digital Inclusion Funding, DOLA Interconnectivity Program, CDE Connecting Students Grant Funds and anyone who wishes to file an appeal, or right of first refusal) are required to submit data for inclusion in the Colorado Broadband Map. All other internet service providers are asked to voluntarily participate in order to increase the accuracy of our maps.

Data confidentiality

Granular coverage data submitted pursuant to subsection (9)(m) of 24-37.5-119 is not a public record as defined in statute, and is not subject to public disclosure under, the "Colorado Open Records Act".

How is this different from the federal broadband data collection?

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) collects broadband data in the Form 477 filing process. The data collected is not granular enough for Colorado's needs. In order to collect the data needed for decision-making in Colorado, we collect data directly from ISPs in the state. 

Learn more about federal broadband data and mapping

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The FCC collects data from all facilities-based broadband providers on where they offer Internet access service at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction (Form 477). In the Form 477 filing, fixed providers file lists of census blocks in which they can or do offer service to at least one location. It’s important to note that the provider may not necessarily offer that service everywhere in the block. The Form 477 file also requires mobile providers to file maps of their coverage areas for each broadband technology. Learn more about the Form 477 Data.

The FCC is in the process of updating its current broadband maps with more detailed and precise information on the availability of fixed and mobile broadband services. The Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program will give the FCC, industry, state, local and Tribal government entities, and consumers the tools they need to improve the accuracy of existing maps. Learn more about the FCC’s new Broadband Data Collection.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

NTIA received funding from Congress in 2018 to update the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM) in coordination with the FCC. The NBAM is a GIS platform used to visualize and analyze federal, state, and commercial broadband data sets. This includes data from the FCC, U.S. Census Bureau, Universal Service Administrative Company, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Ookla, Measurement Lab, BroadbandNow, White Star and state governments. The NBAM has 36 participating states, including Colorado, and four federal agencies. Users access the NBAM mapping platform and use these data resources to better inform broadband projects and funding decisions in their states. Learn More about NBAM

How is this different from grant application data submission?

Broadband Data Collection

Our Broadband Data Collection is a biannual collection of broadband availability data from Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This data is used to create the Colorado Broadband Map. Any provider that participates or intends to participate in any State of Colorado Broadband grants programs must participate in the Broadband Data Collection. This is also often referred to as the Broadband Mapping Program. 

If an ISP submits (or plans to submit) an application for funding, our Broadband Data Team will inform the grant administrator of the participation status of the ISP.

When will this data be requested? Twice a year during our biannual data cycle.

Grant Application Data Submission

Applicants to the Broadband Fund (and other funding programs) may be instructed to submit GIS data to support their grant application. The application data would typically include data that is specific to the application, such as proposed service addresses.

When will this data be requested? With grant application.