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The Fort Collins City Council has referred a broadband related ballot question to the November 7, 2017 ballot. This measure will provide voters a say in what the future of high-speed next generation broadband may look like for the community.

The ballot measure is asking whether voters support:

  • Council adding telecommunication/broadband services to the City’s electric utility or a new telecommunication utility
  • Issuing securities and other debt not to exceed $150M
  • Council establishing a governance structure including the ability to:
    • Go into executive sessions for matters relating to competition
    • Establish and delegate Council’s authority and power to a board and/or commission, except the power to issue debt
    • Delegate the ability to set and/or change rates or fees to the City Manager

This does not mean that the City will provide municipal retail broadband, or that a third-party internet service provider would offer the service. It would provide City Council with additional information as it makes a decision moving forward.

The City issued an RFP for public private partnerships related to broadband service. Currently, staff is vetting those RFP responses and will provide a report and recommendations to Council. Staff has also completed a high-level broadband business plan, which is a living document that will be updated as more information is available.

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The City of Fort Collins is pursuing business plan details on both a retail model and a third party alternative for next generation high-speed broadband. In the retail model the City builds out the infrastructure, known as Fiber to the Premise (FTTP), and operates as an internet service provider (ISP). The third party alternative would involve a public private partnership (P3) with an ISP.

Residents will have the opportunity through the ballot measure and vote to in November 2017 to determine whether or not the City should pursue this option. If the ballot measure passes, it will take 3 to 5 years to build out the new network and start offering the services.

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