2016 Grant Awards
The Broadband Deployment Board within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has awarded $2.1 million in grants in an effort to close the broadband internet service gap between rural and urban Colorado communities.
Seven recipients were awarded grant funding for eight infrastructure projects that will be completed over the next two years. As a result, over 4,700 households and 175 businesses in Eagle, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lake, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Prowers, Sedgwick and Weld counties will benefit from Broadband Internet access.
The Board awarded the following grants:
Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company (awarded $43,334)
The project will upgrade wireless network equipment supplying Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) customers with broadband access in the Nucla area.
NE Colorado Cellular, Inc. dba Viaero Wireless (awarded $395,492)
Construction of two new towers and installation of equipment to provide wireless broadband access within a 334 square mile coverage area in Kiowa, Prowers, and Cheyenne Counties.
Chaffee County Telecom LLC, dba Colorado Central Telecom (awarded $288,338)
The project will provide last-mile service to approximately 425 households in Twin Lakes and unincorporated areas of southern Lake County. The expansion consists of wireless service utilizing a proposed new tower and two other sites.
CenturyLink Inc. ($841,200 grant)
The project will upgrade DSL equipment and associated fiber optic cable to provide Broadband service to the Town of Ridgway serving approximately 1,000 customers.
CenturyLink Inc. ($299,156 grant)
The project will upgrade DSL equipment and associated fiber optic cable to provide Broadband service to approximately 1,000 locations in and near Hudson and Keenesburg in Weld County.
PC Telcorp, Inc., dba PC Telcom (awarded $55,400)
The project will upgrade existing wireless equipment at two locations providing broadband access to approximately 392 households in Sedgwick County.
Optimus Communications LLC (awarded $112,500)
The project will use existing cable infrastructure to provide broadband in Collbran and Molina. Wireless service will be provided to customers in the surrounding areas that aren’t accessible by the cable system. The system will support approximately 1,500 broadband customers over cable and 400 broadband customers over wireless.
Futurum Communications Corporation, dba Forethought.net, Brainstorm Internet (awarded $70,103)
The project will construct middle-mile infrastructure to an existing tower and provide last-mile wireless service to approximately 109 households in the Town of Red Cliff.