Broadband Who Qualifies Staging

Who Qualifies for a Broadband Fund Grant?

Staff and a Board committee will review applications for compliance with the following minimum requirements:

  • The area lies outside of municipal boundaries or is a city with a population of fewer than 7,500 inhabitants; and consists of households that lack access to at least one provider of a broadband network that uses satellite technology and at least one provider of a broadband network that uses non-satellite technology. Note: The Board uses the broadband definition of 25 Mbs download and 3 Mbs upload for grant-making purposes.
  • The project for which funding is requested must be a new project, and not a project in progress already. A “project in progress” means one in which construction of infrastructure has started. Phased projects may be considered a new project if the phase for which funding is being requested would not otherwise be completed without funding from the Broadband Fund.
  • Grant funds shall be used for infrastructure deployment only, and not for on-going operating costs.
  • The project provides access to a broadband network. Note: The Board uses the broadband definition of 25 Mbs download and 3 Mbs upload for grant-making purposes.
  • The project shall provide last mile service, which is defined as the portion of the broadband service that delivers an internet connection to an end user. Proposed projects may include middle mile or other infrastructure necessary to expand broadband networks into unserved areas.
  • The applicant shall provide independent matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the proposed project. The Board may only consider in-kind matches for the purposes of infrastructure deployment. In-kind matching contributions shall not include consulting, planning or operational fees or costs. The applicant shall provide an appraisal of all in-kind matching contributions, sufficient to enable the Board to determine the fair market value of the in-kind matching funds.
  • The project does not conflict with or duplicate, federal or state sources of high-cost support or broadband grants and programs.
  • The applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Board that the proposed network meets industry reliability standards.
  • The applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Board an ability to deliver on the proposed project within established timelines and within budget.
  • The applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Board the ability to operate the network as proposed for a minimum of 5 years following project completion.
  • The project shall be completed within two years from the date in which the grant award contract is executed.
  • The applicant shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board an ability to provide broadband service at a reasonable cost per household and at reasonable service costs to end users in the area to be served.
  • The applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Board that the project is not in an area with a population density large enough to require service under an existing franchise agreement.
  • The applicant has not been awarded a grant by the Board in the current calendar year.
  • The applicant shall agree to all award contract terms required by the Board and State of Colorado including but not limited to reporting and accountability requirements.

If the Board determines that an application does not meet all minimum requirements, the applicant will be notified in writing and provided an explanation of the Board’s decision. Applicants that do not meet the minimum requirements may, pursuant to C.R.S. 40-15-509.5(8)(j)(III) and the Board’s Appeal Policy, appeal the Board’s determination within ten (10) days of receiving written notification from the Board that it does not meet the minimum requirements.

There is a 60-day period in which local entities with jurisdiction over the area to be served, incumbent providers and the public may review and provide comments on applications.

 

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