Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Web Update: Broadband Update Dec. 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act offers tremendous opportunities to expand high-speed internet access across Colorado and the country. A total of $7.2 billion in grants and loans is available through the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The NTIA is offering $4.7 billion with a 20 percent match requirement through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and RUS is offering $2.5 billion through the Broadband Improvement Program (BIP).


In August 2009, businesses and local organizations submitted more than 90 applications to the NTIA and RUS for broadband projects in Colorado. In October 2009, the Governor submitted comments to the NTIA recommending nine of those applications that fit the state’s goals for high-speed Internet access and expansion. The State of Colorado also submitted applications to expand mapping of broadband infrastructure and to increase outreach and education about the benefits of broadband. The awards for the first round of funds are expected to be announced around February 2010.


Originally, the NTIA grants were scheduled to be disbursed in three rounds. However, in November 2009, the NTIA announced that it would award grants in two rounds. The Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the second round of applications are expected to be released in December 2009. It is not clear when the awards for the second round will be announced.


Since the Recovery Act was signed in February 2009, the Governor’s Office has actively conducted outreach so that Colorado obtains the maximum benefit from these broadband grants. Like we did this past summer, the Governor’s Office plans to hold informational sessions to update the public and to answer any questions during the second application period. Dates for these meetings will be announced after the NOFA is released. The State will continue to post updates to the Recovery Act website and make every attempt to reach out to stakeholders in a timely manner. If there are any questions, please email CObroadband@state.co.us.