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Friday, November 10, 2017

Fort Collins residents want access to super-fast internet service, and they want it sooner rather than later. Voters on Tuesday approved a city proposal that would permit the City Council to establish a telecommunications utility to provide broadband services. Unofficial, partial returns as of 12:42 a.m. showed the measure passing with 57.15 percent of the vote. ... The proposal passed despite a well-financed advertising campaign to defeat it. The political issue group Priorities First Fort Collins reported spending $451,564 on its campaign through Nov. 1. The grassroots group Fort Collins Citizens Broadband Committee, which supported 2B, reported spending $9,250 through Nov. 1.

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Ars Technica reports, "The anti-municipal broadband group, called Priorities First Fort Collins, spent $451,000 campaigning against the broadband network ballot question. Priorities First Fort Collins received nearly all of its funding from the Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association and a group run by the city's chamber of commerce. Comcast is a member of both groups that funded the anti-municipal broadband campaign, while CenturyLink is a member of the chamber."

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I think more municipality's should do the same

#1 | Posted by bat4255 at 2017-11-10 09:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Many cities are legally prohibited from doing the same.

Notably, in Red states where the GOP is friendly to business interests that are hurt when cities provide services like Internet access.

See also: States where you can't easily and cheaply tie your rooftop solar into the grid.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-10 10:22 PM | Reply

FreeNet!

#3 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-11 02:26 AM | Reply

Make internet a utility!

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-11 02:34 PM | Reply

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