Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Broadband

 

Broadband The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) calls for $7.2 billion in funding to be spent on the deployment of broadband and other related activities. These funds will create jobs, expand the availability of service, and produce a lasting infrastructure to be used for years to come. Broadband funding will be distributed by two federal agencies. Below is a breakdown of the funding, its sources and some additional information.
 

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The Governor's Office is working closely with its Office of Information Technology, which has applied for two ARRA broadband grants. Colorado has been awarded the first of these grants for continued mapping and analysis of broadband service availability across the state.
 

This mapping grant provides approximately $1.6 million over two years from the NTIA under the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program (SBDD) to continue the State of Colorado's assessment of broadband deployment across the state and its development of a comprehensive and verified geographically-based inventory and database of broadband availability in the state. The grant also provides approximately $500,000 over five years to engage in planning and outreach activities for coordination with local groups, broadband providers, and other potential stakeholders to promote broadband adoption and enhance broadband market information. The project was kicked off in February 2010. The presentation may be found here.

The second grant is a two-year, $3.7 million proposal to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) for sustainable broadband adoption. This project was not selected as a first round BTOP Project.

 

Web Update: December 2009 Broadband Update

 

You can find more information about the federal broadband programs at www.broadbandusa.gov.
To send comments, questions or provider points of contact please e-mail cobroadband@state.co.us