Boulder and Yuma Turn to Voters to Reclaim Authority

Date: 27 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Two more Colorado communities will be deciding whether or not to reclaim local telecommunications authority this fall. Colorado State Bill 152 took away local authority in 2005 but voters in several areas of the state are taking it back. Readers will recall Centennial voters passed the measure 3:1 last fall and Montrose voters approved a similar … Read More

Sign Up Early for A Gig in Longmont, Colorado

Date: 16 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you are in Longmont, you can sign up for gigabit service from LPC for only $49.95 per month. The Longmont Compass reports that customers who sign up within the first three months will retain that price point for an as yet undetermined extended period. AND, that price stays with the home if the customer sells, … Read More

The Past and Future of Muni Fiber in Boulder – Community Broadband Bits Episode 108

Date: 23 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Boulder is the latest Colorado community to recognize the benefits of using city-owned fiber to spur job growth and improve quality of life. Boulder Director of Information Technology Don Ingle joins us for episode 108 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the many ways in which Boulder has benefited from community owned fiber over … Read More

Gigabit Network Expansion Moves Forward in Longmont, Colorado

Date: 21 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Construction on Longmont’s fiber expansion will begin by August 13th, reports the Times-Call. TCS Communications of Englewood, Colorado recently signed an agreement with Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) to deploy the gigabit network for $20,095,022. Completion is scheduled for 2017. A July 14th article on the project noted that LPC and TCS will complete construction in … Read More

Another Colorado Community May Reclaim Local Telecommunications Authority

Date: 30 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Boulder’s City Council is considering November ballot question to restore local authority for municipal telecommunications services. The measure, if passed, will create an exemption to the 2005 Colorado law allowing Boulder to better use its existing fiber optic infrastructure. Apparently, the Boulder community has a self-reliant streak. This is not the first time the Institute for … Read More

Voters Approve Local Telecommunications Authority in Montrose, Colorado

Date: 16 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By a 3,982 in favor and 1,397 opposed, the voters in Montrose decided on April 1st to take back local authority for telecommunications services. The state revoked the community’s ability to establish a telecommunications utility in 2005.  Jim Branscome covered the election results in the Daily Yonder. Branscome, a resident of Montrose, knows the local broadband … Read More

Montrose Asks Voters to Take Back Authority to Establish A Telecommunications Utility

Date: 21 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Colorado communities continue to seek to restore local authority for telecommunications. In April’s election, elected officials of Montrose will ask voters to approve a measure that gives the municipality the right to establish a telecommunications utility. Centennial, a Denver suburb, approved a ballot initiative last fall to use city fiber resources as a way to provide … Read More

A Look at Mediacom Propaganda in Emmetsburg, Iowa

Date: 15 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this month, a majority of voters in Emmetsburg supported a proposal to issue bonds to build a fiber network. Nevertheless, the measure failed because Iowa requires a 60% majority when general obligation bonds fund all or part of a proposed project. Years ago, the community voted to establish a municipal cable communications or television system. … Read More

Washington Post Covers Big Longmont Referendum Victory

Date: 13 Nov 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, we were excited by the results of Longmont’s referendum, but we sure weren’t alone. The Washington Post’s Brian Fung wrote, “Big Cable may have felled Seattle’s mayor, but it couldn’t stop this Colo. project.”  Our regular readers know that Comcast succeeded in defeating the Longmont measure in 2009 but the electoral would not be swayed … Read More

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