Gigabit Cities

Colorado Cities Green-Light Muni Broadband

Colorado's statewide ban on municipally-owned broadband networks took a blow this week, when seven cities and counties voted to allow them in their regions.

Colorado is one of nearly two dozen US states with laws limiting municipalities from participating in the rapidly developing Gigabit Cities ecosystem, but Colorado's law provides exceptions to allow municipal networks by local election. Until now, the City of Longmont was the only Colorado municipality to take advantage of the clause. (See Colorado Gigabit Network Shuns Video, Embraces OTT.)

But on Election Day this week, the cities of Boulder, Yuma, Wray, Cherry Hills Village and Red Cliff, along with Rio Blanco and Yuma counties, passed measures overriding the state law, according to coverage in the Washington Post.

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The Colorado developments are a win for proponents of municipal broadband, and for the overall development of Gigabit Cities, but the local measures in these communities are only the beginning. Now begins the task of evaluating business models for potentially building out fiber-to-the-home networks -- which could hinge on the facilities of municipal utilities, or involve public/private partnerships with commercial providers -- and the probable onslaught of responses from irate competitive providers.

In other words, here comes the fun part.

— Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, Light Reading

Joe Stanganelli 11/9/2014 | 7:59:58 AM
Re: Good To be fair, I don't know about you, but I was a heck of a lot happier before cell phones and the Worldwide Web.  "Progress" is a relative term.

Let the private sector build this out (with, as danielcawrey suggested, government partnership); IMHO, the providers are the ones that stand to gain the most from this -- much moreso than the mere consumers/taxpayers.
Susan Fourtané 11/9/2014 | 4:10:40 AM
Re: Good Daniel,  

Whenever someone makes reference to the cost that is going to take to create the infrastructure needed for something that is going to advance a community into the future I can't help but wonder if those people think that saving in infrastructure and leting the community as it is, is a better alternative. 

So, I ask you, do you think it's not worth it to invest in infrastructure? 

danielcawrey 11/8/2014 | 12:28:34 PM
Good Building out fiber in these communities is going to be good for them. But let's not ignore the cost it is going to take to create the infrastructre.

I have to think that the only way to accomplish this would be through public/private partnerships. For a community to go it alone, it would be a major task. 
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