Community internet

When Glenwood Springs created its own wireless internet service infrastructure a couple of years ago, it was hard to imagine such an act would instigate national debate. But last year, when Philadelphia attempted to follow Glenwood Springs and other communities across the U.S. by becoming an Internet Service Provider (ISP), it ignited a heated debate that has resulted in new legislation across the country.

This debate took place in the Colorado this year. The Legislature passed SB 05-152, which as a compromise requires communities to put the ISP option to a public vote. Fortunately, communities such as Glenwood Springs are grandfathered by the legislation.

For more information on community internet access and broadband as a public service visit Free Press.

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