Fort Morgan Fiber-Optic Network Lease Measure, 2009

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A Fort Morgan Fiber-Optic Network Lease Measure was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Morgan County for voters in the City of Fort Morgan.

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.[1]

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.[2]

Election results

The measure was approved.[3]

Measure 2C
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 1,211 64.38%
No 670 35.62%
Total votes 1,881 100.00%
Voter turnout NA%

Ballot summary

The ballot language read as follows:[4]

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?