Expand Broadband Service


The act requires that the Colorado broadband office (office), on or before January 1, 2022, contract with a nonprofit organization to develop a program to reimburse certain income-eligible households and households in critically unserved areas of the state for their costs to access broadband service. An eligible household may receive reimbursement for up to one-half of its costs for broadband service, not to exceed $600 per year.The office and the nonprofit organization with which it contracts may use up to $5 million of the federal "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" money transferred to the digital inclusion grant program fund pursuant to House Bill 21-1289, concerning broadband deployment, for the reimbursement program. All of the money for the reimbursement program must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and the act repeals on September 1, 2026. If the office does not find a nonprofit organization with which to contract, the reimbursement program will not be implemented and the office shall use the money allocated for implementation of the reimbursement program to award additional grants for telehealth services.On or before February 1, 2022, and on or before each February 1 thereafter, the office is required to submit a written report to the governor and the legislative joint budget and joint technology committees about the office's implementation of the reimbursement program.(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Bill Text

Bill Activity

  • Signed Governor Signed

  • Signed by the President of the Senate

  • Signed by the Speaker of the House

  • Sent to the Governor

  • Passed House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

  • Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass

  • House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole

  • House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee

  • House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance

  • Passed Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

  • Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

  • Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

  • Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology

Hearings on this Bill

  • Finance
  • Appropriations
  • Business, Labor, & Technology
  • Business, Labor, & Technology


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