Friday, October 7, 2011
Telcos Continue to Get in the Way of Longmont's Future
Longmont Fiber Ring Referendum. (Community Broadband Networks, 10/3/2011)
Excerpt: Residents in Longmont, Colorado are preparing for a municipal referendum to utilize an existing fiber optic network.
The referendum is set for Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
At issue is how the city can use a ring of fiber-optic cables it built around the city in the late 90's as part of its electrical infrastructure. Much of the capacity on the ring remains unused but the city requires approval of the voters in a referendum before it can offer services to local businesses -- which will encourage economic development by creating more telecommunications choices in the community for businesses and residents.