The CBDDP collects broadband service data from service providers biannually and processes the data to meet NTIA data specifications. The data collected includes transmission technology types, maximum advertised download and upload speeds, and typical speeds. The advertised speeds must meet or exceed a minimum of 0.768 Mbps download and 0.2 Mbps upload, which is the NTIA minimum definition of broadband. The CBDDP staff works closely with over 100 internet service providers to update and maintain service area coverage and speed information.
Wireline broadband data is formatted based on U.S. Census Bureau geographic units (i.e., Census Blocks). Blocks smaller than two square miles are identified with the available technology and speed in that block. In blocks larger than two square miles, road segments are shown with service technology and speed. Wireless broadband data is represented either by coverage area footprints submitted by the service provider or is derived from analysis of tower locations. Wireless broadband data is represented either by coverage area footprints submitted by the service provider or is derived from analysis of tower locations.
The CBDDP staff performs several data validation and verification processes including consumer and provider speed test comparisons, third-party vendor and Federal Communications Commission database comparisons, drive testing of mobile services, and surveys from businesses and residences. Consumer speed tests play a vital role in the validation process and help to identify unserved and underserved areas, and to ensure the accuracy of the Colorado Broadband Map. Take the speed test here.
The CBDDP also collects data from Community Anchor Institutions, such as schools, libraries, medical facilities, public safety entities, institutions of higher education, and other community support agencies. The location and broadband capabilities of each Community Anchor Institution is reported to the NTIA for each data delivery cycle.
The data collected by the CBDDP are updated and delivered to the NTIA twice yearly for inclusion in the National Broadband Map and are also displayed in an interactive mapping application—the Colorado Broadband Map—which is updated after each delivery cycle. The Colorado Broadband Map allows consumers, broadband providers, policy makers, and community leaders the ability to identify service availability and speed, provider coverage, Community Anchor Institutes, and Local Technology Planning Teams.