Communities Approve Broadband Improvements

Ballot-300More Colorado counties and communities, including Rio Blanco County, have won the right to set up or improve their own broadband networks. Voters in San Miguel and Yuma counties as well as in the municipalities of Yuma, Wray, Boulder, Cherry Hills Village and Red Cliff backed broadband ballot measures in last week’s election. Under a 2005 state law, local governments are barred from getting into the broadband business unless voters approve it. Rio Blanco County is committing $7 million, including some federal mineral leasing revenue, to improve its broadband service. County commissioner Shawn Bolton says better access is key to diversifying the economy. Voters in Longmont, Montrose and Centennial have previously approved similar measures.

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