Longmont City Telecommunications Services Re-establishment Question (November 2011)

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A Longmont City Telecommunications Services Re-establishment Question was on the November 1, 2011 ballot in the City of Longmont which is in Boulder County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 13,238 (60.82%)Approveda
  • NO 8,529 (39.18%)[1]

This measure sought to re-establish the City's right to provide advanced services, telecommunication services and also cable television services. These services had been restricted by a revised state of the Colorado constitution.[2] Proponents of the measure noted that the city owns the infrastructure so it should be up to the city on how it is used. Though opponents said that the measure seems anti-competitive and may encourage the city pick what businesses they want to operate those services and drive away competition.[3]

Text of measure

Amendment Question 2A

The question on the ballot:

Without increasing taxes, shall the citizens of the City of Longmont, Colorado, re‐establish their City’s right to provide all services restricted since 2005 by Title 29, article 27 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, described as “advanced services,” “telecommunications services” and “cable television services,” including any new and improved high bandwidth services based on future technologies, utilizing community owned infrastructure including but not limited to the existing fiber optic network, either directly or indirectly with public or private sector partners, to potential subscribers that may include telecommunications service providers, residential or commercial users within the City and the service area of the City’s electric utility enterprise?[4]

References

  1. Boulder County Elections, Unofficial Election Results
  2. Boulder County Elections, November Ballot Content
  3. Times-Call, "Longmont Ballot Question: Telecommunications," October 1, 2011
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.