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 CAF Phase II Auction
The incumbent provider in Colorado (CenturyLink) accepted the allocated funds in our state (and is actively upgrading locations). However, 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 auction will take place on July 24, 2018.
Please visit our CAF Phase II Auction page for up to date information and resources.
USDA Rural Development ReConnect Program
On December 13, 2018, the USDA announced details for its ReConnect Program which will provide grants and loans totaling $600 million for broadband deployment in areas lacking sufficient broadband. USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants, as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations, and $200 million for low-interest loans. Details are available on the project website and on this fact sheet. USDA’s Reconnect program is one resource available; additional resources for broadband are included in this toolkit.
The USDA has extended the ReConnect application deadlines to:
- May 31, 2019 for grants;
- June 21, 2019 for 50/50 loan/grant combinations;
- July 12, 2019 for low-interest loans.
Although the ReConnect Program was referred to as a pilot program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, there are plans for additional rounds of funding, indicating that it will be recurring. This is further bolstered by the fact that Congress has appropriated $550 million for funding year 2019.
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.