Colorado Springs and Central City this week joined the several dozen Colorado cities whose voters have authorized municipal high-speed internet services.
In Colorado Springs, voters Tuesday handily passed a measure authorizing the city to pursue contracts or partnerships with broadband providers for municipal high-speed service. The preliminary vote was 61 percent for, 39 percent against, the Colorado Springs Independent reports.
And in the gambling town of Central City, a measure to authorize municipal passed by a resounding 162-13 vote Tuesday, according to unofficial results posted by the town.
In all, 66 Colorado cities and towns have now passed measures authorizing a community-based broadband service, either directly provided by local government or by a third-party vendor, according to the Colorado Municipal League. State law bars communities from running their own high-speed internet service unless local voters specifically authorize it.