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Colorado Broadband Map Updated!

posted May 19, 2014, 12:49 PM by Megan Chadwick Gernert - OIT   [ updated May 19, 2014, 12:49 PM ]
In March of this year OIT submitted the penultimate broadband data submission to the NTIA. Again OIT is very appreciative to the broadband providers who contributed their data to this submission. The results of the collection and processing effort are visible on our public facing web map (http://maps.co.gov/coloradobroadband). 101 broadband providers responded to our requests for data. Of these, 52 reported no changes to their data from the last data cycle in October 2013. The data continues to reflect a very high percentage of CO residents receiving download speeds higher than three mbps. Unlike previous deliveries, the April data shows a very small percentage of residents in the state increasing their speed relative to the previous delivery (0.4% statewide according to the data). These are metrics OIT will continue to track to demonstrate the growth of broadband service.

As many readers are aware, the broadband mapping process relies on data submitted to OIT by broadband providers.  OIT has worked to refine the broadband coverage represented in our data based on more specific information from providers and feedback from speed tests and from local consumers. In most cases, this refinement process involves interaction with the broadband providers. There have been some occasions where a resident has described to OIT staff their lack of broadband service and their experience in trying to obtain service, which has caused us to reduce the coverage represented in our data. If there are specific areas where your experience in subscribing to broadband service has contradicted the data shown on our map, please contact OIT at oit_broadband@state.co.us.

As the NTIA grant program winds down and OIT transitions to a process meeting the specific mapping needs for the State of Colorado, we are starting to define a mapping process that better supports broadband planning for the state.  This may take into account cost data, actual user data, and other types of information. In addition, the geographic scheme used to map broadband will be reviewed and most likely amended to represent service in rural areas more flexibly. We will be discussing possible approaches with interested stakeholders in the state.  We welcome your feedback!