2017 Avon Ballot Question

November 7, 2017

AVON BALLOT QUESTION

Exemption from SB 152

Voters residing in Avon will be asked the following ballot question: 

WITHOUT INCREASING TAXES, SHALL THE TOWN OF AVON HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE, FACILITATE, PARTNER OR COORDINATE WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR THE PROVISION OF, "ADVANCED (HIGH-SPEED INTERNET) SERVICE," "CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE," AND "TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE," EITHER DIRECTLY, INDIRECTLY, OR BY CONTRACT, TO RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NONPROFIT, GOVERNMENT OR OTHER “SUBSCRIBERS" AND TO ACQUIRE, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN ANY FACILITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICES, AND THEREBY RESTORING LOCAL AUTHORITY AND FLEXIBILITY THAT WAS RESTRICTED BY TITLE 29, ARTICLE 27, PART 1 OF THE COLORADO REVISED STATUTES?


This ballot item is:

If voters approve this ballot item, Avon would be exempted from a state law that otherwise purports to limit local governments from improving broadband capabilities. 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.

This ballot item is not:

This ballot item would not prevent any private business, including existing broadband providers, from initiating or continuing to provide these services. Avon has no plans to create a public broadband utility. Passage of this measure would allow the town to explore a variety of options to make assets available to serve the broadband needs of residents, students and businesses.

What is fiber-optic broadband?

Fiber-optic broadband cable can run underground or in the air on existing poles. Pulses of light allow very reliable connections and can quickly carry large amounts of data over long distances. Fiber-optic cable is a dedicated internet connection and is not shared with cable services. Fiber-optic network speeds are typically 100 megabits to 10 gigabits per second, compared to 20 to 100 megabits per second for a typical cable internet connection, or 3 megabits per second or less for traditional copper phone service.

For more information, a fact sheet has been developed and is available here.