Broadcasting & Telecommunications

A bounce from the rest of the world (and clients)

With 42,400 broadcasting and telecommunications workers, the nine-county region has the fifth-highest employment concentration out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas. The region is the largest in the United States to offer one-bounce satellite uplinks due to its unique geographic location in the Mountain time zone.

Metro Denver Broadcasting & Telecommunications Employment Snapshot U.S. data in ( )
Direct Employment 42,400
Companies 2,630
Five-Year Employment Growth (2011-2016) 0.2% (-7.5%)
One-Year Employment Growth (2016) 0.4% (-1.8%)
Direct Employment Concentration (2016) 1.9% (0.7%)
Average Wage $99,120
Employment Concentration Ranking (Among 50 largest metros) 5

The region is a top broadcasting and telecommunications location, offering:

  1. A central location and easy global access

    Metro Denver's unique geographic location in the Mountain time zone makes it the largest region in the U.S. to offer one-bounce satellite uplinks. This capability provides companies with real-time connections to six of seven continents in one business day. Further, the region's position on the 105th meridian—the exact midpoint between Tokyo and Frankfurt—favorably serves growing world markets. (Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation)

  2. A large concentration of high-quality technology workers and entrepreneurial talent

    Colorado ranked third in the nation for its technology employment concentration (9 percent) in 2015. The state had the eighth-highest number of tech establishments, ranked ninth for average high-tech wage, and ranked third for the tech industries’ contribution to the state’s economy. Colorado had the 10th-highest wage differential in the nation, with tech workers earning nearly double the average private-sector worker. (CompTIA, Cyberstates 2016: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. High-Technology Industry, 2016)

  3. Low to moderate costs of doing business

    Forbes ranked Colorado fifth on its 2016 “Best States for Business and Careers” list.The state received its highest rankings for labor supply (first overall), economic climate (second overall), growth prospects (third overall), and regulatory environment (ninth overall). (Forbes, 2016)

  4. A pro-business environment and competitive tax structure

    Colorado's simplified corporate income tax structure based on single-factor apportionment allows companies to pay taxes based solely on their sales in the state.
    (State of Colorado; The Tax Foundation)

Growing telecom companies will have no problem finding skilled workers here, since broadcasting and telecommunications companies make up about 1.9 percent of the region’s total employment base, compared to a 0.7 percent concentration nationally.