Colorado State With Explicit Roadblocks

  • Colorado State With Explicit Roadblocks

    Posted by Michael on August 11, 2021 at 8:28 am


    Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 29-27-201 et seq

    Colorado state law allows municipal governments to offer broadband services to residents, but requires the city to hold a referendum before doing so. If there are no private companies offering broadband service, then municipalities may proceed without the referendum.

    In 2017, the right of first refusal played out for a community near Ridgeway, Colorado. The company aimed to provide fiber Internet network infrastructure near Ridgway and won grant money from the state to complete the project.

    CenturyLink was able to take over the grant using the right of first refusal, and used state money to build out a DSL network instead of the fiber network.

    During the 2018 legislative session, bill HB 1099 was introduced to impose conditions on the right of first refusal. The bill was signed into law in April 2018, and under the new rules, an incumbent provider must match the speed and price of the proposed network the new company is offering in order to take over the grant award.

    To date, 140 municipalities across Colorado have opted out of the state rules established that prevent municipalities to provide Internet to residents. In November, Denver joined the list after an 83.5% of the city’s electorate voted in favor of preemption. A few cities have built their own networks thus far, including Longmont and Fort Collins, which approved plans to construct a broadband network in 2018 and ultimately launched in 2019.

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