The two major funding sources for broadband in Colorado are the Broadband Deployment Fund (available to private entities) and the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Energy Impact Assistance Fund (available to local governments). Please visit the program websites for detailed information of these funding opportunities.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about these programs or any other funding opportunities.
For an overview of Federal Funding opportunities, read the BroadbandUSA: Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects. For additional and updated information on these programs, visit the BroadbandUSA website.
FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I Auction (Auction 904)
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction (Auction 904) will award up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for the deployment of fixed broadband
networks to millions of unserved homes and businesses across rural America. The $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is the FCC’s most ambitious step ever toward bridging the digital divide. It prioritizes bids for higher speed—up to 1 Gbps—and lower latency networks, and more than doubles the minimum speed from the FCC’s 2018 Connect America Phase II auction to 25/3 Mbps.
Please visit our RDOF page for up to date information and resources.
USDA Rural Development ReConnect Program
ReConnect is the USDA’s newest grant, loan, and combination grant/loan program supporting broadband access to rural homes, farms and businesses.
Three Colorado broadband providers filed ReConnect Round One applications, totaling more than $27M, offering to bring FTTP to over 4,000 rural Coloradans. Emery Telcom was awarded a $3.6M, 100% grant for FTTP, serving 551 homes and farms, 494 in Colorado and 57 in Utah. Emery Telecom was the only award in Round 1 ReConnect benefitting Colorado communities.
The ReConnect Round Two application window closed April 15, 2020.