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Colorado Town Votes to Go Ahead with Broadband Despite Cable Company's Best Efforts

A media campaign funded by Comcast and CenturyLink failed to stop the ballot initiative in Fort Collins to install universal broadband service delivering gigabit speeds.
January 9, 2018, 1pm PST | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Residents of Fort Collins, who had previously voted in favor of a ballot question to install municipal broadband internet, are one step closer to their goal after a unanimous vote by the City Council to go forward with a plan to build the new network. The initiative now going forward was the subject of attack ads funded by Comcast and CenturyLink. While the cable companies were able to get their way on the national stage with the FCC's roll back of net neutrality rules, they lost in this Colorado town.

"The city intends to provide gigabit service for $70 a month or less and a cheaper Internet tier. Underground wiring for improved reliability and "universal coverage" are two of the key goals listed in the measure," Jon Brodkin reports for Ars Technica.

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Published on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Ars Technica
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