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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!