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Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD)

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Colorado has a bold goal of universal broadband and because of the historic Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) investment, we are on our way toward achieving that goal. BEAD is part of the Biden administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), signed in Nov. 2021. Colorado will use BEAD funding to make a historic investment in the state’s broadband infrastructure and programs. BEAD will help us achieve Governor Polis’ goal to connect 99% of Colorado households and fund programs that address our state’s digital divide.

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BEAD-Challenge Process

The Advance-BEAD Challenge Process is complete. Access the Advance-BEAD Challenge Portal for more information on the Rebuttal process and next steps.

Advance-BEAD Challenge Process Portal - No longer accepting challenges

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Estimated Timeline

  • Jan. - Feb. 2024: BEAD Challenge process
  • March - May 2024: Challenge process remediation and final results submitted the NTIA
  • May - July 2024: Planning Phase: Grant program and compliance guidelines
  • July 2024: BEAD Challenge results available
  • July - Aug. 2024 - Phase 1: Project Area Maps and grant guidelines open for public comment
  • Aug. - Oct. 2024 - Phase 2: Registration window, webinars, CBO support to prepare applicants, application window opens
  • Oct. - Nov. 2024 - Applications and coverage areas posted on CBO website

BEAD Proposals and Plans

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Initial Proposal Volume 2 - APPROVED

The Initial Proposal Volume 2 outlines Colorado's critical components of the BEAD grant program, including funding deployment, stakeholder engagement, workforce initiatives and more. Volume 1 & 2 together are Colorado's strategy to invest $826.5 million from BEAD funding to connect 99% of Colorado households by end of 2027. Approval means the CBO can take the next steps to deploy BEAD funding and release eligible locations, grant program guidelines and select subgrantees.

Read the Initial Proposal v.2

Initial Proposal v.2 Highlights

BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1 - Approved Jan. 3, 2024

Initial Proposal Volume 1 - APPROVED

The Initial Proposal Volume 1 explains how Colorado will run its BEAD Challenge Process. Required for BEAD, the Challenge Process - an opportunity for providers, nonprofits and local governments to challenge unserved and underserved locations in Colorado - is scheduled for January 2024. Volume 1 also outlines existing broadband funding, establishes unserved and underserved locations on the Federal Communication Commission's National Broadband Map and defines BEAD-eligible Community Anchor Institutions. 

Read the Initial Proposal v.1

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Public Comment Summary

As part of the BEAD process, the CBO requested public comment on both Initial Proposal Volume 1 and Initial Proposal Volume 2 before submission to the NTIA. The public comment period was held to promote transparency and gather feedback from all of CBO’s stakeholders. As part of our commitment to transparency, the CBO is releasing a summary of feedback received for both volumes.

Read the Initial Proposal Public Comment Summary

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Five-Year Action Plan - APPROVED

The Five-Year Action Plan establishes Colorado's broadband goals and priorities for the BEAD funding and serves as a comprehensive needs assessment that will inform Colorado’s Initial Proposal.

Read the Five-Year Action Plan

About Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment 

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) BEAD Program: Colorado is receiving $826.5 million, which the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) will deploy through the Advance Colorado Broadband grant program. BEAD will expand high-speed internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment and adoption programs across Colorado.

 

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Questions? Email Advance_CBO@state.co.us

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