posted Nov 3, 2014, 12:23 PM by Megan Chadwick Gernert - OIT
updated Nov 3, 2014, 12:24 PM
As OIT prepares for the new broadband data collection process, we delivered the last data set to the NTIA for the State Broadband Initiative. Overall we received very good participation in this effort. Out of the 121 broadband providers that we are aware of, 109 supplied us with data (90%). The lists of the providers that we are aware of and the ones that provided us data are included at the end of this article.
OIT is now processing the data to make it available in our web map of broadband service, and we are starting to analyze the results of the data. According to this most recent data set, broadband availability statewide has increased by 0.09% and in rural areas by 0.29%. This availability threshold is set at 3 Mbps download speed because that is the closest boundary of the NTIA-prescribed tiers to the definition of broadband that the FCC has been using until very recently (4 Mbps). Figure 1 shows the new areas that have broadband service available to them. These areas appear to be primarily in the south central part of the state.
We recognize that this definition of broadband is not as relevant now. Remember that the new broadband data collection process will not be requesting data according to the NTIA tiers, so we will be able define and map broadband service according a speed that is most appropriate for Colorado’s needs.
Perhaps more informative, given the nature of the data that we receive, is the percentage of households in the state that may receive increased speed in October relative to previous data deliveries. This delivery, we saw 7.75% of the households across the state have higher broadband speeds available, and 8.22% of rural households have higher speeds available relative to April of this year. The reason why this metric is useful is because, while there may be issues related to over-reporting or other aspects that impact the overall accuracy of the map, this become less critical when comparing data from one time period to data from an earlier period. That is, the assumptions and other issues that may impact the representation of service are generally consistent from one delivery to another, so comparing two time slices shows how service has changed based on those assumptions. Figure 2 shows the areas that have experienced increases in the maximum speed available from April to October. It is important to note that these increases are more widespread in the state.
These differences in speed are based on speed tiers. That is, areas are shown as having increased speed available if the maximum available speed in those areas jumped one or more tiers. In areas where the maximum available speed is one of the higher tiers, the speed increase would have to be much larger than lower tier areas to register in this calculation of speed increase, because the higher tiers cover a broad range of speeds. As we move forward with the new data collection process, which won’t be limited to the NTIA-defined tiers, we will be able to identify areas that have significant increases in available speeds using more consistent difference ranges.
Program Participants October 2014
Click here for a full list of Broadband Providers in Colorado
Agate Mutual Telephone Cooperative
Association (Prairie Networks, LLC)
Ark Valley Internet
AT&T Corp, Inc.
Baja Broadband Holding Company (TDS Telecom)
Beulahland Communications, Inc. (Pine Drive Telephone Company)
Big Sandy Telecom, Inc (Fairpoint Communications, Inc)
Bijou Telephone Co-op Association, Inc.
Blanca Telephone Company
Brainstorm Internet (Forethought)
CAP Cable (USA Communications)
Cardinal Broadband, LLC
CenturyTel, Inc. (CenturyLink)
Charter Communications, Inc (Bresnan Communications)
Chase 3000, Inc. (Chase 3000, Inc.)
City of Glenwood Springs, Community Broadband Network
Cityless Internet Services, LLC
Cogent Communications, Inc.
Colorado Mobile Inet, LLC
Colorado Wireless Exchange Cooperative
Columbine Telecom Company (FairPoint Communications)
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
Delta County Tele-comm, Inc. (TDS Telecom)
Diverse Datum, Inc
Dubois Telephone Exchange, Inc.
Eagle Communications, Inc.
Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Association, Inc.
Elevated Access LLC
Eschelon Telecom of Colorado, Inc. (Integra Telecom)
Estes Valley Networks, Inc.
Falcon Broadband, Inc.
Farmers Telephone Company
FastTrack Communications, Inc
Front Range Internet, Inc.
Grand County Internet Services, Inc.
Grand Valley Telecommunications, Inc
Great Plains Communications, Inc.
Hilltop Broadband (Windspeed Networks, LLC)
HiSpeed 4 U, Inc
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HughesNet)
iLOKA Inc (Microtech-tel)
Inventive Wireless of Nebraska, LLC (Vistabeam)
J.e.d. Enterprises, Inc. (Pine Drive Telephone Company)
JAB Broadband (Skybeam, Inc.)
Jade Communications, LLC
K2 Communications, LLC
Kremmling Technology Services
Level 3 Communications, LLC
LiveWire Networks, Inc.
Lyons Communications, LLC
Magnolia Road Internet Coop
Mountain Broadband Network and Communications
Mountain Broadband, LLC
Mountain Computer Wizards
Mountain Village Cable TV
Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company
Nunn Telephone Company
Peak Internet (Fundamental Holdings, Corp.)
Peetz Communications, LLC
Plains Cooperative Telephone Association, Inc.
Plains.Net (Premier Systems Unlimited Inc)
Rebeltec Communications, LLC
Rico Telephone Company
Roggen Telephone Cooperative Company
Rye Telephone Company, Inc. (ghValley.net)
S&T Telephone Coop Association. Inc.
San Isabel Telecom, Inc.
SkyWerx Industries, LLC
Slopeside Internet, LLC
South Park Telephone Company, LLC (ghValley.net)
Spring Creek Cable
Sprint Nextel Corporation
StarBand Communications Inc.
Stelera Wireless, LLC
Strasburg Telephone Company (TDS Telecom)
Sunflower Telephone Company (FairPoint Communications)
Time Warner Cable LLC
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
TW Telecom of Colorado, LLC
Uintah Basin Electronic Telecommunications (Strata Networks)
Unite Private Networks, LLC
ViaSat (ViaSat Communications)
Vision Wireless Communications
Wiggins Telephone Association
XO Communications, LLC
Zayo Enterprise Networks, LLC
Zero Error Networks, LLC (Amigo)
Zirkel Wireless, LLC