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Delta Montrose Electric Association awarded $10.5 million USDA ReConnect grant

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the award of a $10.5 million grant to Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in rural Colorado. The funded service area includes 2,410 households, 6,877 people, three educational facilities, 89 businesses and 115 farms spread over 126 square miles.

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Recording available for July 30 Lunch & Learn webinar on Federal funding programs

The recording is now available for the July 30 Lunch & Learn webinar on Federal funding programs for deployment and adoption.  The webinar featured Teresa Ferguson, Director of Federal Broadband Engagement, discussing the broadband funding programs federal agencies are rapidly launching to expand broadband deployment and adoption, as a result of federal stimulus funding, and how the federal infrastructure bill could impact the future of broadband availability in Colorado.

 

Biannual Data Collection begins!

Outreach for our fall data collection cycle has begun! The data submission deadline is September 3, 2021. Please contact us to verify your company’s point of contact to ensure your company participates in our data collection. 

What's new this year?

Our process remains the same, however the recently passed HB21-1109 changes the participation and data granularity requirements. 

American Rescue Plan will deliver $350 billion for state, local, territorial and Tribal governments

On May 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial and Tribal governments. Funding may be used to make necessary investments that provide unserved or underserved locations with new or expanded broadband access.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (COVID Relief bill)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2021 includes several provisions that address broadband deployment, digital inclusion, and broadband affordability through direct appropriations to federal agencies. This means the funding will not come directly to the state, so Colorado’s benefit from these nationally competitive programs will depend on applications from qualifying consumers, internet service providers, or local and state agencies.