There is perhaps no service as complicated as modern telecommunications from a policy perspective. Fiber optics, DSL, cable, wireless, wired, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi – the number of technologies that provide our communications platforms seems to expand daily. With this rapid pace of change, maintaining good public policy can be a challenge.
One of the roles of the Colorado Broadband Office is to provide a space and mechanism for all stakeholders, public and private, local, state, and federal, to collaborate and address the challenges that communities and states face to ensure their citizens have the connectivity they need to flourish. The CBO does not set policy, that’s the role of the Governor and Colorado General Assembly. However, the CBO attempts to identify the issues, educate stakeholders on the most salient ones and provide factual analysis as needed.
Colorado Related Statutes, Policy and Regulatory Resources
Senate Bill 18-002: CONCERNING THE FINANCING OF BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT
House Bill 18-1099: CONCERNING CRITERIA THAT THE BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT BOARD IS REQUIRED TO DEVELOP WITH REGARD TO AN INCUMBENT TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER’S EXERCISE OF A RIGHT TO IMPLEMENT A BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT PROJECT IN AN UNSERVED AREA OF THE STATE UPON A NONINCUMBENT PROVIDER’S APPLICATION TO THE BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT BOARD TO IMPLEMENT A PROPOSED BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT PROJECT IN THE UNSERVED AREA
House Bill 18-1116: CONCERNING MEASURES AUTHORIZING THE BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT BOARD TO SEEK FEDERAL MONEY EARMARKED FOR FINANCING BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT
Senate Bill 18-104: CONCERNING A REQUIREMENT THAT THE BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT BOARD FILE A PETITION WITH THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO SEEK A WAIVER FROM THE COMMISSION’S RULES PROHIBITING A STATE ENTITY FROM APPLYING FOR CERTAIN FEDERAL MONEY EARMARKED FOR FINANCING BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT IN REMOTE AREAS OF THE NATION
House Bill 14-1327: CONCERNING MEASURES TO EXPAND THE DEPLOYMENT OF COMMUNICATION NETWORKS, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, ENACTING THE “BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT ACT”.
House Bill 14-1328: CONCERNING THE DEPLOYMENT OF BROADBAND INTO UNSERVED AREAS OF COLORADO THROUGH GRANT-MAKING FROM MONEYS ALLOCATED FROM THE COLORADO HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.
Related: Broadband Fund website
House Bill 14-1329: CONCERNING THE EXEMPTION OF CERTAIN INTERNET-PROTOCOL-ENABLED SERVICES FROM OVERSIGHT BY THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.
House Bill 14-1330: CONCERNING AN UPDATE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS TERMINOLOGY FOR INTRASTATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.
House Bill 14-1331: CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF BASIC LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE AS IT AFFECTS EFFECTIVE COMPETITION, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.
Executive Order D 2012-037: ESTABLISHING BROADBAND RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Senate Bill 05-152: CONCERNING LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMPETITION IN THE PROVISION OF SPECIFIED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.
Related: CCI CML Joint Memo on 152 Elections
Federal Communications Commission Resources
FCC 10-201: (12/23/2010) Preserving the Open Internet
GN Docket No. 09-191
FCC 15-24: (03/12/2015) Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet
GN Docket No. 14-28
FCC 17-166: (01/04/2018) Restoring Internet Freedom
WC Docket No. 17-108
Connect America Fund (WC Docket No. 10-90)
Listed below are a number of the key orders pertaining to CAF. For a full listing of Connect America Fund (CAF) resources, please visit the FCC website. For information on the CAF II Auction process, visit our CAF Phase II Auction page
- FCC 11-161 (11/18/2011): FCC Releases Connect America Fund Order, Reforms USF/ICC for Broadband. View FCC-11-161A1.pdf
- FCC 14-54 (06/10/2014): FCC Releases Connect America Fund Omnibus Order and FNPRM. View FCC-14-54A1.pdf
- FCC 14-190 (12/18/2014): FCC Releases Order to Increase Connect America Rural Broadband Speeds. View FCC-14-190A1.pdf
- FCC 16-64 (05/26/2016): FCC Takes Next Steps in Expanding Rural Broadband Access. View FCC-16-64A1.pdf
- FCC 17-12 (03/02/2017): CAF Phase II Auction Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration. View FCC-17-12A1.pdf
- FCC 18-5 (01/31/2018): FCC Takes Final Steps for Next Phase of Rural Broadband Expansion. View FCC-18-5A1.pdf
Rural Broadband Experiments (WC Docket No. 14-259)
Visit the FCC website for more resources on the Rural Broadband Experiments.
Public Safety Resources
2012 Spectrum Act: Creating the FirstNet initiative