Voting for Colorado Broadband and Colorado Hyperloops


Interesting bit of news from the Denver Business Journal today, “Colorado towns vote overwhelmingly for municipal broadband internet.”

Huh. A government provided service that works at the speed of light (or sound)? Go on…

Residents in several small Colorado communities voted by wide margins in Tuesday’s local elections to authorize locally-based municipal high-speed internet services.

Out of nine Colorado communities that voted on muni broadband Tuesday, results were available in five as of Tuesday morning, and all five — Buena Vista, Custer County Westcliffe), Fruita, Silver Cliff and Wellington — voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing local authorities to explore providing internet services. 

Nice! Good for BV, Custer, Fruita, Silver Cliff and Wellington (and more in the future)!

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Colorado counties with the highest and lowest access to broadband, defined by the Federal Communications Commission as speeds of at least 25 megabits-per-second download and 3 Mbps upload. Via Denver Business Journal

So Looking at the map above, the Colorado Hyperloop would go along the front range. Basically it will be in the dark green areas. The above map shows where there is already alot of broadband access. The khaki/tan color are areas without broadband access, and conversely there won’t be a hyperloop anytime soon.

So how can we learn from from this? Well read further in the artcle:

According to the Colorado Municipal League, voters in 36 Colorado cities and towns already had authorized a community-based broadband service prior to Tuesday’s vote, either directly provided by local government or by a third-party vendor.

But many Colorado cities that have approved local broadband have not yet launched such a service.

According to the Municipal League, state law bars communities from running their own high-speed internet service unless local voters specifically authorize it.

So local voters must be won over before a municipal government starts building broadband internet. This will probably be the same case with the hyperloop… even though I am not sure a transportation system like the hyperloop will need such a referendum.

But let’s presume that a Front Range Hyperloop needed a statewide colorado vote (because it was previously determined that Hyperloops are a municipal service!).

If the folks living on the Plains, Mountains or Western Slope vote against the hyperloop, we can remind them of their interest and votes for broadband internet. Because it’s all just a series of tubes, right?

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