As the CBO prepares to deploy $500-700 million in broadband grant funding, we recognize that many of the communities in need of broadband service may not have the capacity to develop and manage a broadband project or plan. With that in mind, we have developed a Community Broadband Needs Survey to better understand the how we can assist communities across Colorado who are looking to attract or improve broadband services. We welcome your feedback on topics such as grant writing, mapping, engineering, project management and more. This survey will close on Nov. 11.
The CBO is pleased to announce the release of the Colorado Broadband Roadmap (Roadmap).
The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) would like to announce new opportunities to engage with us on the development of our broadband expansion plan and deployment of funds through our Advance Colorado Broadband grant program. The best strategy to address Colorado's areas in need of broadband is to work together. Therefore, we are establishing a regular cadence of communication with our partners.
Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera Joins FCC Commissioner and Colorado Attorney General for Discussion on Saving Coloradans Money on Broadband
On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera met with Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser to increase awareness surrounding the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
As part of the Internet for All initiative, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is responsible for awarding the $48 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, which will grant each state $100 million and allocate the remaining money based on number of unserved households. NTIA will rely on the data being collected as part of the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection (BDC) to identify these unserved locations. The FCC’s new Broadband Map will be used to help states fund projects that achieve universal high-speed internet access.
On July 13, the CBO Data Team hosted the first webinar in our Broadband Data & Mapping Webinar series, focused on Broadband Data Collection. We walked through our process to collect broadband availability data from ISPs, including:
- The data collection timeline,
- How ISPs can prepare and submit data,
- How the CBO processes data, and
- How and when the data is published
Help to Inform the CBO's Strategic Plan: Surveys Available for Community Organizations & Local Governments
Earlier this year, Governor Polis and state lawmakers charged the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) with crafting a strategic plan to speed up the fair, reliable, and user-friendly delivery of digital and broadband services to residents, businesses, and other state customers.
Governor Polis Signs Executive Order restating and amending the Executive Order on Accelerating Broadband Deployment in Colorado
On June 2, Governor Polis signed an Executive Order restating and amending the Executive Order on Accelerating Broadband Deployment in Colorado, creating a single streamlined directive concerning broadband access in Colorado.
The Colorado Broadband Office's Data Team has officially concluded data processing efforts for the Spring 2022 data collection cycle. Please visit the Colorado Broadband Map to view the updated dataset showing broadband availability in Colorado. The map can be used to search broadband service providers and view broadband speeds.
The Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) is hosting training webinars for service providers to learn about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP):