COVID-19 Broadband Resources and Updates


Colorado Broadband Office News
Updated July 15, 2020 at 12 p.m.

On this page you will find broadband news, information, and resources to help communities stay connected during this challenging time. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

If you have concerns about your broadband access or capacity, we recommend contacting your current service provider directly.

For information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado, please visit the official Colorado COVID-19 website:

Our list of resources has been growing rapidly. Please select from the following to see resources and news specific to each sector.


Share Your Story

We are collecting stories from the community about their broadband experiences during this unprecedented time in our history. We are aware that broadband has become even more important to our daily life as we are asked to learn and work remotely. The CBO invites you to participate in a survey sharing your experiences. The survey is short and the data will provide an understanding of how Coloradans’ lives are impacted by their broadband experience. 

Resources

How are internet service providers (ISPs) responding to the COVID-19 crisis? Read about the Keep Americans Connected Pledge in Colorado

Many other organizations have put together resources in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Below are a few of those sites:

FCC Coronavirus Page: fcc.gov/coronavirus

NCTA COVID Dashboard: “COVID-19: How Cable’s Internet Networks Are Performing“. This interactive dashboard gives insight into usage trends and network performance.

National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA): COVID-19 Resources

Fiber Broadband Association: COVID-19 Resource Center

Funding

Visit the Sector pages for funding specific to Education or Healthcare facilities.

Economic Development Administration CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grants

Funding Available: $1.5 Billion
Application Deadline: No application deadline, application window opened May 7
Website: https://www.eda.gov/coronavirus/

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding of an additional $1.5B on Thursday, May 7, 2020. The grants will be made under the authority of its Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which is intended for the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders. EDA will make 80-100% grant awards ranging from $50,000-$30 Million.   

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance investments will support a wide range of non-construction and construction activities, including economic recovery planning and preparing technical assistance strategies to address economic dislocations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, preparing or updating resiliency plans to respond to future pandemics, implementing entrepreneurial support programs to diversify economies, and constructing public works and facilities that will support economic recovery, including the deployment of broadband for purposes including supporting telehealth and remote learning for job skills.

Eligible applicants under the EAA program include a(n):

  • District Organization;
  • Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or
  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

For more information, visit the EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page or contact the Colorado EDA Representative:

Trent Thompson
303.844.5452
tthompson@eda.gov

Events

The State of Broadband Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Hearing
May 13, 2020, at 10 a.m. EDT
More information: https://www.commerce.senate.gov/2020/5/the-state-of-broadband-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic

The Fiber Broadband Association is hosting a weekly video series entitled “Fiber for Breakfast”. The 30-minute live video discussions take place every Wednesday at 10 a.m. EDT. For more information visit: Fiber for Breakfast

Broadband Breakfast hosts a weekly livestream every Wednesday at noon EDT: Broadband and the Coronavirus