EAGLE‑Net started with a vision to bring high-speed Internet to every public school in Colorado through public-private partnerships to build a comprehensive, statewide network.
In 2007, the Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CBOCES) developed EAGLE‑Net as a cost-sharing consortium for Colorado. After conducting a broadband survey of all of Colorado’s K-12 school districts in 2008, CBOCES/EAGLE‑Net determined that market forces weren’t sufficient to drive technological investment in Colorado’s most remote, rural and underserved areas. It found that Colorado ranked 42nd out of all 50 states in broadband connectivity. In response to these findings, CBOCES, as the operator of the EAGLE‑Net network became an American Registry for Internet Numbering (ARIN) acknowledged Internet service provider with its own IP addressing capability.
In 2009, EAGLE‑Net responded to 78 school district requests for Internet services and began to connect districts to the EAGLE‑Net network. In coordination with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Colorado’s Recovery Act Broadband Framework, CBOCES determined that in order to expand its technology-rich broadband Internet services, it would respond to the Round-1 notice of funding availability offered via the U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), with the intent to create the EAGLE‑Net Alliance as an independent intergovernmental entity to deploy and operate the statewide network.
The initial Round-1 BTOP application proposed using public-private partnerships to improve Colorado’s technological infrastructure. Although the Round-1 application was not funded, another application for connecting Colorado’s middle mile was submitted in Round-2 and was awarded a $100.6 million grant from BTOP in September 2010.
EAGLE‑Net is moving forward to build new infrastructure and provide broadband services to community anchor institutions throughout Colorado.