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Governor Polis Signs Bipartisan Senate Bill 23-183

On May 1, the Governor signed SB23-183 (Local Government Provision of Communications Services) which eliminates a 2005 law that has jeopardized CBO's efforts to close the digital divide. This bill enables Colorado’s local governments to provide, or partner to provide, broadband internet service without having to pass voter referendums. SB23-183 is necessary to close existing gaps in the state as we work to reach our goal of connecting 99% of Colorado households to high-speed broadband by the end of 2027.

Recording and Slides now available for How to Use Our New Maps Webinar

On Mar. 29, the CBO Data Team hosted the third webinar in our Broadband Data & Mapping Webinar series, focused on How to Use Our New Maps.

In February, the CBO launched the brand new Broadband Mapping Hub (Hub), an easy-to-use, complete resource to assist in broadband planning, finding partnerships and applying for broadband funding through the state. In this webinar we walked through the features and functionality of the Hub and the new maps and dashboards.

Lt. Governor Primavera Announces Statewide ACP Act Now Initiative

On Feb. 22, Lt. Governor Primavera announced a statewide initiative to increase awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a long-term benefit to help eligible households pay for high-speed internet, with support from EducationSuperHighway. Seventy one (71) partner cities, community-based organizations and trusted institutions around Colorado were invited to participate in the initiative.

Read the full press release.

Colorado Broadband Data Collection Begins

The 2023 Colorado Broadband Data Collection opens tomorrow, Feb. 14 and runs through March 10, 2023. 

We collect broadband availability data following the FCC data specifications. To learn more about data requirements and format, please visit our How to Submit Data web page.

Important Dates

CBO Will Not Publish Fall 2022 Mapping Data

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. 

CBO Launches Community Broadband Needs Survey

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.