Fort Collins, Colorado. (credit: Fort Collins Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Forty-four cities, towns, and counties in Colorado have passed referenda giving themselves authority to build community broadband networks.
A 10-year-old state law prevents Colorado communities from offering cable, telecommunications, or broadband services unless voters approve a referendum. Such a referendum doesn’t require communities to build out a network, but it gives them the legal authority to do so.
On Tuesday, “[r]eferenda in 44 communities—27 cities and towns; 17 counties—all passed overwhelmingly to reclaim local telecommunications authority,” according to the nonprofit Community Broadband Networks initiative. Approval rates ranged from 66 to 93 percent. The organization obtained results from local and state officials.
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