As Colorado looks to build up its broadband Internet capabilities, the state’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has launched a portal intended to bring those working in the field together and give consumers easy access to information.
The State Broadband Portal, which OIT announced Tuesday, Dec. 8, features a map where users can enter an address and see their options for service providers in the area. The map further breaks down each service by download speed and upload speed. Another feature lets the user identify different ranges of download and upload speeds, and then see where in the state those services are available.
The website also offers a speed test so users can see their own download and upload speeds.
Brian Shepherd, OIT Broadband Program Manager, said that part of the website's goal is to help bring together multiple entities working on expanding broadband access in the state together. The portal includes a broadband news center and a list of broadband-centric events happening in Colorado.
“One of OIT’s key goals for our broadband strategy is to coordinate amongst the local and regional jurisdictions in the state, so the website provides a chance for those folks to really see what each other [are] doing, provide a chance to find contacts around the state, and really hopefully focus on collaboration and getting people together,” Shepherd said in a video that accompanied news of the portal’s launch.