The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) and the Office of Future Work (OFW), a Colorado Department of Labor and Employment division, have jointly unveiled their plan to tackle a major obstacle hindering broadband deployment across the state. The Broadband Workforce Plan is vital to successfully distributing $826.5 million from the federal Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) funding program.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released version 3.0 of the National Broadband Map. According to a blog post by FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel, the number of unserved homes and businesses is decreasing. The most recent map shows approximately 7.2 million locations without access to high-speed internet service. Version 2.0 of the map, released in May, showed 8.3 million locations.
One last chance to decide which locations are eligible for the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment program
The Initial Proposal Volume 2 for BEAD was released last week for public comment.
The Advance Colorado Broadband Technical Assistance Program, which offers municipalities, counties, school districts, special districts, council of governments, economic development districts, and other political subdivisions and state agencies within the State of Colorado consulting services to prepare, plan, apply for and administer a federal g
The CBO today released the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program Initial Proposal Volume 2.
The Initial Proposal Volume 2 outlines critical components of the BEAD grant program, including the plan for workforce development, stakeholder engagement, low-cost and middle-class broadband service options, and the selection process for subgrantees.
In a little over a year, 30% of eligible Colorado households have signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Established in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in late 2021, the ACP lowers the out-of-pocket cost of broadband service and devices for qualifying households.
A Broadband Ready Certified Community is a Colorado community that has taken steps to encourage broadband infrastructure deployment to connect its residents. Steps can include creating a broadband task force, surveying community members, involving schools, businesses and other community anchor institutions, creating budgets and timelines, reviewing local policies and speaking with providers.
Approximately 166,000 Coloradans don't have high-speed internet. Just under half of the 166,000 say it's because they can't afford it or don't have the skills to use digital devices. In Colorado, digital equity is half the battle to connect residents to work, school, healthcare and other opportunities the digital age affords us.