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. We are aligning our processes and data specifications with the FCC Broadband Data Collection and we encourage ISPs to prepare their data submission to submit to the FCC and the CBO simultaneously.
Stay up to date:
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
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 Grants, Advance Colorado Broadband, 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.
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".
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) requires facilities-based providers of broadband connections to end users to submit Form 477 filings and submit data in the new Broadband Data Collection (BDC). The Colorado Broadband Data Collection is a separate process in which providers submit granular broadband availability data directly to the Colorado Broadband Office. While the Colorado Broadband Data Collection is voluntary, any provider who participates or intends to participate in State of Colorado funding programs is required to submit data. In order to align our processes with the FCC, the CBO will be accepting the same data specified in the BDC Availability Data Specifications.
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.
As required by the Broadband DATA Act, the FCC is launching the Broadband Data Collection (BDC), which opens June 30, 2022. This process will collect more detailed and precise information on the availability of fixed and mobile broadband services. The BDC will give the FCC, industry, state, local and Tribal government entities, and consumers the tools they need to improve the accuracy of existing federal maps. Learn more about the FCC’s new Broadband Data Collection.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (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.
Our Broadband Data Collection is a biannual collection of broadband availability data from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the data is used to create the Colorado Broadband Map. As a grant applicant, you must be a participant in the biannual data collection. Learn how to submit data. This is also often referred to as the Broadband Mapping Program.
Applicants may also be required to submit geographic data to support their grant application. The application data would typically include data that is specific to the application, such as proposed service addresses. Grant application data should be submitted with the application, or upon request by the grant administrator.