And Pros and Cons of Ballot Question 1
Town of Firestone
151 Grant Avenue, P.O. Box 100, Firestone, CO 80520. Ph. 303-833-3291
BALLOT QUESTION 1
Shall the TOWN OF FIRESTONE, without increasing taxes by this measure, be authorized to provide high-speed Internet services (advanced services), telecommunications services, and/or cable television services, including but not limited to any new and improved high bandwidth service(s) based on future technologies, to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, nonprofit entities and other users of such services, either directly or indirectly with public or private sector partners, as expressly permitted by COLORADO REVISED STATUTES §§ 29-27-101 to 304, “Competition in Utility and Entertainment Services"?
ABOUT THE BALLOT QUESTION
Ballot Question 1 will be on the Firestone ballot for the regular municipal election to be held on April 3, 2018. If passed, Ballot Question 1 would remove the Town from restrictions in Colorado Senate Bill 05-152 (“SB-152”), which limits the ability of Colorado municipalities to engage or offer to engage in providing the following services:
Approval of the ballot question would not prevent any private business, including existing broadband providers, from initiating or continuing to provide these services. 68 Colorado municipalities have received approval from voters for similar ballot measures.
SB-152 requires that a local government hold an election before it may engage or offer to engage in providing broadband services. If approved, Ballot Question 1 would permit Firestone to explore options to serve the broadband needs of residents, including the pursuit of business partnerships with private companies.
The Town currently has no plans to create a public broadband utility.
PROS AND CONS OF BALLOT QUESTION 1
Pros (Arguments in Favor of Ballot Question 1)
Cons (Arguments Against Ballot Question 1)