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Boulder County 1C Ballot Question Authorization to Provide Broadband Services

Without increasing taxes, shall Boulder County be authorized to provide high-speed Internet service (advanced service), telecommunications service, and/or cable television service, including any new and improved high bandwidth services based on future technologies, utilizing existing or new County-owned infrastructure or facilities, to schools, libraries, residents, businesses, nonprofit entities, and other users or subscribers of such services, either directly or indirectly, with public or private sector partners, as expressly permitted by Article 27, Title 29 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, entitled "Competition in Utility and Entertainment Services"? Yes__ No__Major Provisions:Approval of Ballot Question 1C would allow the County to offer broadband services either directly or in partnership with public or private sector partners.It would not prevent any private business, including existing broadband providers, from initiating or continuing to provide these services. As of 2017, 65 cities and towns have received approval from voters for similar ballot measures, including: Superior, Lafayette and Boulder.Background:State law prohibits local governments from offering broadband access without a voter-approved exemption, and free Internet service provided by most governments in public libraries, parks, and community centers, could be challenged by existing Internet access providers.Passage of this ballot question would provide the exemption and remove the conditions for challenge. The question does not specify what form of technology will be used or even if it will be used.
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Those IN FAVOR say: 1. This measure allows the County to explore options to make its assets available to serve the broadband needs of residents. 2. Exemption permits the County to provide free Internet service in libraries, parks, and community centers in a manner not subject to challenge.
No organized opposition was identified.

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