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Legislative Year: 2021 Change

Bill Detail: HB21-1109

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Title Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service
Status Governor Signed (07/07/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
House Sponsors B. Titone (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 02/16/2021

Sections 1 and 3 of the bill exempt certain mapping data
submitted to the office of information technology (office) from public
disclosure under the Colorado Open Records Act.
Section 2 adds a definition of critically unserved, which means
a household or area that lies outside municipal boundaries and lacks
access to at least one provider of nonsatellite broadband service delivered
at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and
one megabit per second upstream, and a definition of office of
information technology.
Section 3 reduces the membership of the broadband deployment
board (board) in the department of regulatory agencies from 16 members
to 11 members.
The board is required to develop a request for proposal process
through which the board will solicit bids for proposed projects to serve
areas of the state that the office has determined lack access to broadband
service at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second
downstream and one megabit per second upstream. The board is required
to reserve at least 75% of the money from the high cost support
mechanism that is allocated for broadband deployment to award grants to
proposed projects solicited through the request for proposal process.
Section 3 also directs the board to:
  • Require an applicant or appellant to submit a speed test
performed on an incumbent provider's network and
conducted in accordance with industry-standard speed-test
  • Give additional consideration to proposed projects that
would give discounted service for low-income households;
  • Contractually require an applicant receiving a grant award
  • Report annually on the number of homes and
businesses served by the grant-supported broadband
network, the number of homes and businesses
expected to be served in the following year, and the
speeds, rates, and services offered to customers
through the grant-supported broadband network;
  • Provide third-party certification, after the grant
money has been fully expended, that the project
meets the original design of, and provides the
measurable speeds, rates, and services set forth in,
the application.
  • Require an applicant or appellant to submit to the office, in
a form and manner determined by the office, certain
granular mapping data.
Section 4 repeals the current board composition requirements on
August 31, 2021.

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