Connect Boulder - Community Broadband

Tell us what you think about the idea of community broadband! The City of Boulder has launched an initiative called Connect Boulder, which has two components: expanding free, public Wi-Fi and exploring options to give Boulder businesses and homes the ability to have faster, more affordable broadband.

A previous community engagement process found that high-speed internet could:

  • Enhance efficiency and quality of life for our residents;
  • Attract and retain next generation employers;
  • Help entrepreneurs compete globally;
  • Support student learning;
  • Empower individuals and businesses to work remotely, reducing carbon emissions;
  • Narrow the Digital Divide by giving lower income users access to critical technology and resources; and
  • Reinforce Boulder's tech-savvy reputation

On May 8, City Council reviewed technical analysis and preliminary cost estimates of the options to deliver fiber high-speed internet in the community. The community's feedback was shared with council as part of this discussion. Watch the study session.

On June 12, there will be a public hearing and City Council special meeting to discuss funding options to build the fiber backbone, including a possible 2018 ballot item.

Tell us what you think about the idea of community broadband! The City of Boulder has launched an initiative called Connect Boulder, which has two components: expanding free, public Wi-Fi and exploring options to give Boulder businesses and homes the ability to have faster, more affordable broadband.

A previous community engagement process found that high-speed internet could:

  • Enhance efficiency and quality of life for our residents;
  • Attract and retain next generation employers;
  • Help entrepreneurs compete globally;
  • Support student learning;
  • Empower individuals and businesses to work remotely, reducing carbon emissions;
  • Narrow the Digital Divide by giving lower income users access to critical technology and resources; and
  • Reinforce Boulder's tech-savvy reputation

On May 8, City Council reviewed technical analysis and preliminary cost estimates of the options to deliver fiber high-speed internet in the community. The community's feedback was shared with council as part of this discussion. Watch the study session.

On June 12, there will be a public hearing and City Council special meeting to discuss funding options to build the fiber backbone, including a possible 2018 ballot item.

What's your Internet speed?

about 1 year

Help the City of Boulder map connection speeds around the city by testing your current speed and entering it into this mapping tool below.

Here's some instructions:

Step 1: Have your device connected to the internet on a Wi-Fi or wired connection (not using a cellular data plan).

Step 2: Run a speed test at Google Speed test. Note the download speed. 

Step 3: Locate where you are on the map, and drag the marker to that spot. (Tip: If you hover over the magnifying glass on the top right corner of the map, you can enter your exact...

Help the City of Boulder map connection speeds around the city by testing your current speed and entering it into this mapping tool below.

Here's some instructions:

Step 1: Have your device connected to the internet on a Wi-Fi or wired connection (not using a cellular data plan).

Step 2: Run a speed test at Google Speed test. Note the download speed. 

Step 3: Locate where you are on the map, and drag the marker to that spot. (Tip: If you hover over the magnifying glass on the top right corner of the map, you can enter your exact address and the mapping program will indicate where you should place your pin. Don't want to enter your address - drop the pin at the intersection nearest to your location)

Step 4: Answer four quick questions.

Step 5: Done!