Understanding the Broadband Map

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Want to learn how to use the Colorado Broadband Map? Check out this quick tutorial:

About the Colorado Broadband Map

The Colorado Broadband Office has two different mapping applications:

The Colorado Broadband Map (featured in the video tutorial above) is intended for basic address searches and viewing broadband coverage areas.

The Broadband Board Data Toolkit. This map was designed to support Broadband Fund stakeholders in the application and review process.


Where does the data come from?

The data is collected directly from broadband providers. We perform a biannual data call asking providers for updates to their coverage area and speeds. The data is then standardized, anonymized and merged into a single dataset. If we do not receive data or permission from a provider, then they will not appear on the map.
How often is the map updated?

The map is updated twice per year (typically in April and October).
What do I do if there is no coverage in my area?

If there is no coverage in your area, please use this form to report lack of service.
What if I see an inaccuracy in the map/data?

We do not guarantee the accuracy, precision, or completeness of the data within this map and we urge users to verify information directly with service providers. If you do find inaccuracies within the map, please contact us and describe how and why the data is incorrect.
What do the speeds mean? How do I know what I need?

Speeds are displayed by maximum advertised download speed in megabits per second (Mbps). This means the speeds shown are the highest possible download speed package offered by a provider in any given area.

Need help understanding what speeds you need? Check out this tool to determine your household needs.

What does 'Mbps' mean?

Mbps stands for “Megabits per second.” This is the standard measure of “speed” or “bandwidth” on home internet connections. It measures how many bits (units of digital information) can be transferred each second. Internet services are most often listed in Mbps, but you will also hear about Kbps or Gbps. Here’s how these terms relate to each other:

Kilobit – One kilobit is equal to 1,000 bits per second (Kbps)

Megabit – One megabit is equal to 1,000 Kbps or one million bits per second (Mbps)

Gigabit – One gigabit is equal to 1,000 Mbps, one million Kbps or one billion bits per second (Gbps)

What are the different types of service?

There are multiple types of broadband service. We categorize them into four major groups:

  1. Wireline (this includes DSL, cable, or fiber optic connections)
  2. Fixed Wireless
  3. Mobile Wireless
  4. Satellite

You can learn about different technology types here: Types of Broadband Connections

How do I take a speed test?

To take a speed test, visit our Speed Test Survey.

Still have questions? Please contact us!