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Colorado is soliciting BEAD local letters of intent, LOI Thumbnail Image

Colorado is soliciting BEAD local letters of intent, LOI

Colorado's broadband office announced a new grant program Wednesday called Advance Colorado Broadband.

It's the office's state-managed grant program to deploy more than $500 million that the state expects from federal broadband grants. That includes the Capital Projects Fund (CPF), Enabling Middle-Mile Programs (MM) and the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

The office invited local “stakeholders and communities interested in applying for funding to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for grants” on Wednesday in its monthly newsletter.

The office said that it “will review each submission and work with stakeholders to develop high-impact project plans and determine the best funding source for each proposal.”

LOIs will be due July 18, 2022

The office reminded applicants that “LOIs are not required as part of the official grant application nor do they guarantee you will receive funding.”

Colorado's Governor Jared Polis has set the target date of 2027 for near universal broadband coverage for his state. 

To help applicants, CBO is hosting two identical webinars on June 17 and June 21 at 10 a.m. MT to review the LOI content and process. They'll be recorded and posted to the CBO's website. The office urged prospective attendees to only attend one.

Check out Broadband Money's Colorado profile page and interactive mapping portal to explore coverage and BEAD funding opportunities.

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