Avon, CO – Avon voters are being asked to consider Ballot Question 2B that would exempt the town from a state law, which was passed as Colorado Senate Bill 05-152, restricting local governments from directly offering or entering partnerships to provide next-generation broadband services in their communities. With this exemption, the town would be permitted to establish business partnerships with private companies to increase access to high-speed broadband internet, opt to provide this service itself, or develop a combined strategy to benefit residents and business users. Without such approval, the law limits the ability of Avon to provide a wide spectrum of services, including:
- Free internet service in municipal buildings, parks, and community centers
- High-speed internet service throughout the entire community, by leveraging government infrastructure and partnering with private business
- Direct provision of broadband services by municipal government
Voters in many Colorado towns, cities, and counties have exempted themselves from Colorado Senate Bill 05-152, passing measures that affirm their local choice to decide how broadband services develop in these communities. The exemption question will be on the November ballots of several other jurisdictions, including Eagle County and the towns of Eagle, Gypsum, Minturn and Vail.
“Broadband access is a treasured commodity and one that has become expected,” said Mayor Jennie Fancher. “The town’s ability to provide internet and/or cable service ensures that everyone can continue to have access and expanded access at Town Hall, the Main Street Mall and on our buses; and, the real possibility of developing high-speed opportunities for businesses and residential services. It is important to note that no increase in taxes is associated with approval of 2B.”
This ballot question is on Eagle County’s consolidated ballot. Ballots were mailed to all active registered voters in Eagle County on October 16, 2017. Ballots must be returned by November 7, 2017. For more election reminders, including a list of Voter Service and Polling Centers, please visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/Clerk/News/Election_reminders_from_the_Eagle_County_Clerk___Recorder-21474834894/. For more information, call the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 970-328-8715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.