Data Submission Guidance

The Broadband Mapping Team coordinates data submissions with approximately 100 broadband providers throughout the state. As we reach out to providers, we are sensitive to the fact each is unique in terms of technical capabilities, resources and time availability. Our goal is to streamline the data submission process to reduce the time required for providers to prepare and submit data, while ensuring that the data we receive is of high quality so that we can create the best possible product for the State of Colorado.

The team collects wireline and wireless broadband coverage data from providers in an effort to accurately portray these services on the public Colorado Broadband Map. Below you will find guidance on how to submit data for inclusion in the map. Learn more about the mapping process here.

How to submit broadband data:

We do not have an online data submission tool because of the wide range of data formats. To submit data, please contact us. If you have already been working with our mapping team, feel free to continue working with your point of contact.

If your company does not have technical capabilities or resources to provide the data described below, our team can work with you to derive coverage from your existing data.

Non-Disclosure Agreements
Data submitted to the Colorado Broadband Data Program is used to derive a statewide broadband coverage dataset and is not shared externally. Parties interested in submitting data under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible in order to make sure the agreement is in place before the data submission deadline.

OIT has a standard NDA available that ensures that an organization’s confidential commercial information is protected from unauthorized disclosure while maintaining statutory compliance with the Colorado Open Records Act.

What data to submit:

Your data submission will consist of two sets of information: (1) Coverage area and (2) Attribution. We are working to align our data collection with the FCC Rulemaking from July 2020.

1. Coverage Area

Broadband coverage polygons representing the service coverage areas or footprints delineating the areas in which the provider has a current broadband connection or could provide such a connection within ten business days of a request, without an extraordinary commitment of resources and without construction charges or fees exceeding an ordinary service activation fee.

Acceptable coverage data for wireline service providers:

Please submit data in one of the following formats:

  • Service Coverage Polygon: footprint of the provider’s current serviceable area.
    Acceptable formats:
    • GIS shapefile
    • KML/KMZ Google Earth files
  • Serviceable Locations: a list of addresses or locations that constitute the service area of the provider.
    Acceptable formats:
    • Table or text list of addresses or latitude/longitude coordinates with proper attribution for each location
    • Shapefile representing point data with proper attribution for each point.
Acceptable coverage data for fixed wireless service providers:

Please submit data in one of the following formats:

  • Propagated Coverage Model: propagation model that reflect the speeds and latency of service.
    Acceptable formats:
    • GIS shapefile
    • KML/KMZ Google Earth files
  • Serviceable Locations: a list of addresses or locations that constitute the service area of the provider.
    Acceptable formats:
    • Table or text list of addresses or latitude/longitude coordinates with proper attribution for each location
    • Shapefile representing point data with proper attribution for each point.
  • Tower/antennae data
    When submitting tower data, please include the following:
    • Latitude/Longitude of tower
    • Azimuth (degrees)
    • Beamwidth (degrees)
    • Max beam distance (note miles or km)
    • Antenna height (note ft or km)
    • Frequency (note GHz or MHz)
    • Transmit power (watts)
    • Antenna gain (dBI)
    • Beam tilt (degrees)
    • Maximum advertised download and upload speeds (in Mbps)

2. Attribution

Certain attribution is needed to finalize the submission:

  • Required Attribution:
    • Provider DBA Name
    • Technology of transmission
    • Service type: Residential, commercial or both
    • Maximum advertised download and upload speeds (in Mbps)
  • Other useful attribution:
    • Pricing: Monthly prices for each speed/service package currently deployed
    • Maximum subscriber download and upload speeds (in Mbps)
    • Maximum typical download and upload speeds (in Mbps)
    • Spectrum (Wireless only)
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