Fort Morgan Fiber-Optic Network Lease Measure, 2009
The measure proposed placing a measure on the November ballot regarding leasing of the city’s fiber-optic network to private Internet service providers. The providers would then offer internet services to customers in the city. The city originally proposed offering access to any interested providers, however, upon legal review a 2005 law prohibits local governments from providing cable television, telecommunications or other advanced services, unless it is approved by voters.
In early August, city council members refused to approve the first reading of the proposed measure because they said that they wanted to wait and see if a vote was absolutely necessary. Some cities have used "varying interpretations" of the 2005 law to bypass the need for a public vote.
The measure was approved.
The ballot language read as follows:
Shall the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado be authorized to directly, indirectly, by contract or through the sale or purchase in resale or wholesale form, through a sale or leaseback arrangement provide cable television, telecommunications and advanced services to subscribers within the corporate limits of the City and in unincorporated Morgan County effective December 1, 2009?
- The Fort Morgan Times, "Public vote on fiber still up in air," August 5, 2009
- The Fort Morgan Times, "Fort Morgan council to hear options for fiber-optic network," August 10, 2009
- Morgan County, "November 3, 2009 election results," accessed November 9, 2009
- Morgan County, "November 3, 2009 sample ballot," accessed November 9, 2009