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 Fall data collection cycle is complete. Data is published to the Colorado Broadband Map

Next data cycle will begin in January 2022.

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).

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

Data Submission

How does it work?

Step 1: Verify your company’s point of contact (POC). Contact us if you would like to be added as a POC for your company or if you want to verify that we we have the correct POC in our database.

Step 2: Prepare your data submission. Review the data submission guidelines below to prepare your data.

Step 3: Submit your data. When the data cycle begins, we will reach out to the POC and request that they submit the data by email.

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".

Data Guidelines

We collect granular coverage data representing broadband service availability. This includes locations in which the provider has a current broadband connection or could provide such a connection within ten business days of a request, without an extraordinary commitment of resources and without construction charges or fees exceeding an ordinary service activation fee. We are working to align our data collection with the FCC Rulemaking from January 2021.

Your data submission will consist of two sets of information: (1) Coverage area and (2) Attribution.

1. Coverage Area

The following data types are acceptable to represent coverage area:

Service Coverage Polygon

Service Coverage Polygon: footprint of the provider’s current serviceable area with proper attribution. For fixed wireless service, this can be represented by a propagated coverage model. Each technology and speed option should be represented by a separate polygon.

Acceptable formats:

  • GIS shapefile
  • KML/KMZ Google Earth files
Serviceable Locations

Serviceable Locations: a list of addresses or coordinates that constitute the service area of the provider.

Acceptable formats:

  • Table or text list of addresses or latitude/longitude coordinates with proper attribution for each location
  • Shapefile representing point data with proper attribution for each point.
Tower locations and antennae data (fixed wireless service only)

Tower locations and antennae data (fixed wireless service only): a list of tower locations with the following antennae data:

  • Latitude/Longitude of tower
  • Azimuth (degrees)
  • Beamwidth (degrees)
  • Max beam distance (note miles or km)
  • Antenna height (note ft or km)
  • Frequency (note GHz or MHz)
  • Transmit power (watts)
  • Antenna gain (dBI)
  • Beam tilt (degrees)
  • Maximum advertised download and upload speeds (in Mbps)

Acceptable formats:

  • Table or text list of latitude/longitude coordinates with proper attribution for each location
  • Shapefile representing point data with proper attribution for each point.

2. Attribution

Each polygon or location must contain the following attribution. Each technology and speed option should be represented by a separate polygon or points.

  • Provider Name
  • Provider DBA Name
  • Technology used to provide the service (use the FCC Technology of Transmission Codes)
  • Residential/Business Differentiation: "Residential-only", "business-only", or "residential-and-business". 
  • Maximum available download and upload speeds (in Mbps) 

Optional attribution:

  • Pricing: Monthly prices for each speed/service package currently deployed
  • Maximum subscriber download and upload speeds (in Mbps)
  • Maximum typical download and upload speeds (in Mbps)
  • Spectrum (Wireless only)