Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) has completed a Regional Strategic Plan for Broadband for an eight county area, which consists of Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Summit counties, and the City of Glenwood Springs and Town of Carbondale. This project was funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund.
A steering committee, comprised of one representative from each of the eight participating counties, guided the strategic planning process. Surveys, workshops, and data gathering efforts were conducted throughout 2013. One survey collected data on actual broadband speeds compared to advertised speeds which provided a benchmark for each community. Additionally, an asset map for the region was created through research and fieldwork, which provides valuable information on the region’s existing infrastructure and gaps that need to be filled. Using all of the input that was compiled through multiple efforts, the steering committee finalized the Regional Broadband Strategic plan that will be used as the blueprint to significantly improve broadband capacity, reliability, and cost for the NW corner of the state.
The NWCCOG is in the process of implementing the recommendations of the plan as well as planning for the future.
- NWCCOG 2017/2020 Broadband Strategy document
(Approved by NWCCOG Council meeting on 8/25/16)
- USDA Rural Development Smart Grid Presentation (2015)
- On-line Training: Basic Introduction to NWCCOG’s Regional Broadband Planning Project