Voters approve measure to allow county to get into internet, telecommunications business |

Voters approve measure to allow county to get into internet, telecommunications business

Grand County government could soon become an Internet service provider thanks to the approval of local ballot measure 1C.

Although there are still ballots to count, 78 percent of voters in Grand County approved Ballot Measure 1C Tuesday night. In total 4,419 votes were cast in favor of 1C while a total of 1,239 votes were cast against.

Ballot Measure 1C was one of several local issues on this year’s ballot in Grand County. Ballot Measure 1C asked citizens of Grand County whether or not Grand County’s government should opt out of the state’s Senate Bill 152, which bars local government entities from offering telecommunications services unless they opt out.

The measure allows, but does not obligate, Grand County government to operate cable television, high-speed Internet or telecommunications services within Grand County. The intention of Ballot Measure 1C is to allow the county to the option of helping unserved or underserved areas within Grand County where Internet service is either unavailable or comparatively slow. The measure allows the county to offer its own services or to partner with an existing Internet service provider to help expand their coverage.

Both the communities of Winter Park and Fraser have previously opted out of Senate Bill 152.

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