COVID-19 Broadband Resources: Service Providers

Colorado Broadband Office News

Colorado Safer at Home Order

Beginning April 27, 2020, Colorado is in the “Safer-at-Home” phase, however many cities and counties have extended Stay-at-Home orders or approved variances. Critical Infrastructure providers may continue to operate as normal during these restrictions. 

April 26, 2020: Safer at Home Order (Executive Order D 2020 044)

March 25, 2020: Stay at Home Order (Executive Order D 2020 017) explicitly exempts “Critical Infrastructure” providers as qualified “Critical Businesses” as detailed in the Amended Public Health Order 20-24 (see page 6). Critical Infrastructure providers may continue to operate as normal. 

Funding Opportunities

USDA ReConnect Program

On April 10, 2020, the USDA published a notice in the Federal Register stating that the USDA will establish a set-aside for the $100 million appropriated under the CARES Act for priority processing for applicants that submitted a 100% grant application during the first round of ReConnect funding. For the application to be eligible for priority processing, the round one application must have been unsuccessful due to there being limited access to broadband in the proposed service area. Applicants are required to reapply during the second round of funding, which closed on April 15, 2020. The application must be for the same service area proposed by the applicant in the first round of funding to receive the prioritization, and the application must meet all other eligibility requirements. Applications already submitted during the second round of funding that meet these requirements will receive the priority consideration.