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FAQs for Broadband

The Questions (Click on question to go directly to Answers)

1. Ballot language for Issue C
2. What is broadband?strong>;
3. Why is broadband important to me and my family?
4. Why is business broadband important to Limon?
5. What this ballot item is?
6. What this ballot item is not?
7. Why did the Limon Board of Trustees refer this issue to the ballot?
8. Tell me more about Colorado Senate Bill 152?
9. How would an exemption from SB-152 benefit Limon?
10. Would this make our Internet service faster?
11. Are other Colorado entities exempt from SB-152?
12. When is Election Day?

The Answers

1. Ballot language for Issue C:

Without increasing taxes, shall the Town of Limon, Colorado, re-establish the authority to provide all services, restricted since 2005 by Title 29, Article 27 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, described as "advanced services" (high-speed internet), "telecommunications services" and "cable services", including any new or improved high bandwidth services based on existing or future technologies, telecommunications services and cable television services to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, non-profit entities, governmental entities, and other users of such services, either directly or indirectly, to any and all service areas, with public or private sector partners?

[ ] YES
[ ] NO

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2. What is broadband?

The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed internet access that is always on and faster than traditional access.

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3. Why is broadband important to me and my family?

The use of internet is an increasing part of the daily lives. Broadband is moving from being a new technology to the status of a utility like water, sewer, electricity and natural gas. Families and individuals use broadband services for education, culture, entertainment and healthcare.

Broadband allows education to provide students of all ages a stronger link to their own teachers and school resources as well as access to online classes and research materials not available in schools or libraries.

The ability to connect across the world by voice over internet protocol, video conferencing, webinars, Facetime, Skype and streaming video is the norm for home and businesses.

The personal and family uses continue to expand: online reviews, ordering, reservations for travel, restaurants, food and other goods, home security and controls, gaming

Health care is increasingly dependent upon broadband services that serve not only medical facilities but are moving more and more into daily lives. Broadband can facilitate provision of medical care through remote diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and consultations with specialists. Broadband must connect the providers with specialists and with patients.

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4. Why is business broadband important to Limon?

Business broadband is critical to existing businesses and to the attracting new jobs to the community. Business requires adequate and reliable broadband in order to succeed. Healthcare, banking, manufacturing, distribution and retail businesses are dependent on broadband to move data. Inventory, financial data, payments, ordering, taking orders are all part of the broadband needs today.

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5. What this ballot item is?

Passage of this Issue would allow Limon to explore a variety of options to make assets available or to foster partnerships to serve the broadband needs of residents, students and businesses. If voters approve this ballot item, Limon would be exempted from a state law that otherwise limits the town’s ability to improve the community’s broadband capabilities. An exemption supports local choice and options, allowing Limon to make the best decisions based on the needs of our own individual community.

With this exemption, the town would be permitted to 1) establish business partnerships with private companies to increase the community’s access to high-speed broadband Internet, 2) opt to provide this service itself, or 3) develop a combined strategy to benefit town residents and business users.

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6. What this ballot item is not?

This is NOT a tax increase. Passage of this question would not prevent any private business, including existing broadband providers, from initiating, expanding or continuing to provide these services. Limon 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 its assets available to serve the broadband needs of Limon residents, students and businesses.

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7. Why did the Limon Board of Trustees refer this issue to the ballot?

Following community input during its Comprehensive Planning process, the results of the both business and residential surveys and broadband consumer complaints, the Board of Trustees felt that Limon needed to join other municipalities and counties around the state of Colorado whose citizens voted to opt out of the limitations, created by Senate Bill 05-152, on the Town’s ability to explore a variety of options to make assets available or to foster partnerships to serve the broadband needs of residents, students and businesses.

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8. Tell me more about Colorado Senate Bill 152?

Colorado Senate Bill 05-152 (SB-152) is a measure passed by the Colorado legislature in 2005. Its intent was to limit government from competing with the private sector. Among other provisions, it requires local government to secure voter approval before entering into the broadband services in any way. Without such approval, the law limits the ability of Colorado towns to provide a wide spectrum of services including:

• Free internet services in libraries, parks, and community centers (while these services are provided by most governments, they are none the less prohibited by the law and could be challenged by existing internet access providers).
• Leveraging government infrastructure and partnering with private business to provide affordable and high-speed internet service throughout the entire community and
• Direct provision of broadband services by municipal government.

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9. How would an exemption from SB-152 benefit Limon?

A voter-approved exemption from SB-152 would restore the telecommunications and cable autonomy that all Colorado cities had prior to 2005.

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10. Would this make our Internet service faster?

That is not guaranteed in this exemption. It does, however, provide the opportunity for the Town of Limon to explore a variety of options to make its assets available to serve the broadband needs of Limon residents, students and businesses through faster internet services.

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11. Are other Colorado entities exempt from SB-152?

This is becoming a common action as in the past few years as 68 municipalities and 28 counties have approved similar local elections. In eastern Colorado this includes Fort Morgan, Akron, Yuma and Wray as well as the counties of Washington and Yuma.

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12. When is Election Day?

Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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* This information from the Town of Limon answers frequent questions about this ballot item. It is not intended to urge a vote for or against this issue.

   
   
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