2016 Ballot Question 2E - Authorization to evaluate high-speed internet services
In 2005 Senate Bill 05-152 (SB 152) was enacted, which prohibits local governments from providing cable television services, telecommunication services, or high speed internet services (advanced services), either directly or indirectly, unless such services are authorized by the electorate. SB 152 has been interpreted by some as prohibiting local governments from providing a wide spectrum of services; including such things as internet service in city libraries, parks and community centers; leveraging government infrastructure and partnering with private businesses to provide affordable and high speed internet services throughout the community; and direct provision of broadband services by municipal government where needed.
A voter approved exemption from SB 152 would set the stage to allow the City of Lafayette the ability to begin evaluating possibilities for next generation broadband services in the city.
Official Ballot Wording for Ballot Question 2E - Affirming the City Of Lafayette’s Right to Provide Internet, Telecommunication, and Cable Television Services: "Shall the city of Lafayette, Colorado, be authorized to provide high-speed internet services (advanced services), telecommunications services, and/or cable television services to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, nonprofit entities, and other users of such services, either directly or indirectly with public or private sector partners, as expressly permitted by §§ 29-27-101 to 304, "competition in utility and entertainment services," of the Colorado Revised Statutes, without limiting its home rule authority?"