This page will be a go-to source for CAF Phase II Auction information for Coloradans. New information, resources, and events will be posted here as they are made available. OIT encourages any parties interested in applying for CAF Auction funding to contact us and we will help you through the process.
Updated: November 30, 2017
About the CAF Phase II Auction
The Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II program is in full swing. While the incumbent provider in Colorado (CenturyLink) did accept the allocated funds in our state (and is actively upgrading locations) there is money remaining in the fund for additional projects. Under the rules, any funding not accepted by the Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) in others states is to be ‘auctioned off’ in a reverse funding auction to any organization (private entities only) interested in serving specific areas. The FCC is finalizing the specifics of how the auction will work and we expect the process to begin some time in early 2018.
This program is an opportunity to fund solutions in traditionally difficult to reach areas and the Broadband Office will be actively engaging stakeholders in an attempt to maximize the investment in Colorado. We are currently analyzing the guidelines and available areas to help identify potential opportunities in the state. We will be following up with a comprehensive toolkit to help you understand the program and determine if it is something you wish to pursue. The Broadband Office will be offering its assistance to entities looking to apply to the program and if successful, helping them navigate the process of accepting the funds.
The FCC has provided information on initially eligible areas for this reverse auction and is preparing the final guidelines for the effort.
Preliminary Eligible Areas: The FCC has released a list of preliminary eligible areas. The final list of eligible census blocks will be published no longer than three months prior to the deadline for submission of short-form applications for the Phase II auction.
View the Map of Eligible Areas
These general maps can help identify opportunities for entities in Colorado. The figures represented in these maps are not final and not comprehensive. If you plan to apply for CAF II Auction funding, we would recommend more thorough data analysis. Please contact us if you would like any additional maps or any assistance from the Broadband Office.