Both wired and wireless communications services require significant amounts of physical infrastructure, and Colorado’s geographical challenges have limited that infrastructure investment in our rural areas. While the absence of infrastructure has hindered the effort to bring rural broadband to homes, it will be debilitating to our efforts to provide the institutional connectivity to key sectors required for critical communications over the next 20 years. From intelligent transportation to public safety communications to educational connectivity, the demands for these critical services have and will continue to outpace our infrastructure.
To address this issue, the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) is teaming up with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to develop a long-term strategic plan for telecommunications infrastructure. The plan, which will look at both the wired and wireless needs within our state, has three main objectives:
- Identify the existing assets that are owned and managed by the state;
- Look at future demand drivers to understand where additional infrastructure is needed; and
- Develop mechanisms to support the investment necessary to deploy new infrastructure.
Both CDOT and the CBO will work to maximize the utility of existing fiber and tower assets, and make recommendations for the long-term beneficial use of those assets.
As we develop the plan, we will be engaging public and private stakeholders to get input on the document and proposed processes. The CBO will be holding a webinar on Wednesday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. to provide an overview of the project and field any questions. Find more information and register for the event here.