Frequently Asked Questions
For the most part, broadband is an unregulated market and unlike traditional voice service, companies are under no obligation to provide service to anyone. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) does not regulate broadband service and until recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did not regulate broadband at all. In a 2015 ruling, the FCC classified broadband as a Title II utility but only chose to implement the regulations associated with maintaining Net Neutrality. (Click here to read the press release.) The order has since been challenged in federal court.
In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly passed, and the Governor subsequently signed, HB14-1328 to establish the Broadband Fund, as well as an independent board to manage the fund. The purpose of the fund is to “promote the state policy of providing universal access to broadband service” and is funded through an existing mechanism called the High Cost Support Mechanism (HCSM) managed by the PUC. The board was established in October 2014. Information about the Broadband Deployment Board and the Broadband Fund can be found at www.dora.colorado.gov/broadband-fund.
Additionally, the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) set aside $20 million from its Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund for the purpose of assisting rural communities expand middle-mile broadband in communities impacted from the extraction of natural resources. Complete details on the program can be found at dola.colorado.gov/broadband.
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