City Council Considering Broadband Ballot Measure
- David Young, Public Relations Coordinator, 970-221-6882, ZHlvdW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==
Fort Collins City Council is considering a ballot measure for the November election that would provide voters a say in what the future of high-speed, next generation broadband may look like for the community.
The ballot measure would allow:
- Council to add telecommunication/broadband services to the City’s electric utility or provide those services through a new telecommunications utility
- Issue securities and other debt not to exceed $150M
- Establish governance structure including the ability to
- Go into executive sessions for matters relating to competition in telecommunications industry
- 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 the legal authority it needs to make a decision moving forward in providing broadband services. Council will discuss adding this ballot measure on Aug. 8 at its regular meeting.
Council is able to have these conversations thanks to residents. In 2015, 83 percent of voters approved a City ballot question removing any state law barriers to the City providing residents with high-speed broadband. That removal of state law barriers allows the City to consider numerous options for broadband services. Council has narrowed its scope to the retail option and exploring a public-private partnership.
For more information on this project visit fcgov.com/broadband