The CBO has decided not to publish the dataset from our Fall 2022 Data Collection. We typically publish the biannual dataset in October, however due to our team’s focus on a number of other projects we have not been able to dedicate the time necessary to process and quality control the data.
We understand the inconvenience this causes to all of our stakeholders, especially Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and communities who are planning for funding. This was not an easy decision, especially knowing that our stakeholders rely on our data for funding applications and planning.
Our team’s priority is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new broadband map and process to challenge any inaccuracies because Colorado’s allocation of the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) funds are dependent on the FCC map’s accuracy. If the FCC data does not accurately capture location and service availability, Coloradans could miss out on millions of dollars of BEAD funding.
Since the Bulk Fabric Challenge Process opened on Sept. 12, the CBO has submitted more than 13,000 location challenges across Colorado. Challenges can be submitted on a rolling basis, therefore we are continuing to review and submit location challenges regularly to ensure the Fabric will be an accurate representation of Colorado’s Broadband Serviceable Locations. This project will have a major impact on our ability to fund broadband projects to connect Coloradans and requires the focus of our entire GIS team.
With the release of the new FCC maps on Nov. 18, we are now turning our focus to the availability challenge. We hope to review and identify as many challenges as possible before the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) recommended deadline of Jan. 13, 2023.
What will CBO do with the data we collected?
We greatly appreciate the participation and collaboration of the ISPs who provide data to our program. We plan to utilize the data submitted this fall internally and to support the FCC challenge process.
What data should be used in the meantime?
We understand that funding applications and broadband planning are top priority right now and data is crucial to those efforts. We recommend using a combination of the CBO’s “April 2022” dataset along with the new FCC data.
- CBO Data: https://data.colorado.gov/Telecommunications/Colorado-Broadband-Coverage/d8uf-vegq
- FCC Data: https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/data-download/nationwide-data
We are currently working with a knowledgeable vendor to build new mapping applications, which will be released in early 2023. The new mapping applications will provide an interface for users to easily view and access our data. We hope these tools will support your data needs going forward.
We plan to resume our regular data collection publishing schedule in the Spring 2023 Data Cycle.