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 meridianā€”the exact midpoint between Tokyo and Frankfurtā€”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 industriesā€™ contribution to the stateā€™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 ā€œBest States for Business and Careersā€ 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 regionā€™s total employment base, compared to a 0.7 percent concentration nationally.