Municipal Broadband Ballot Question

City Council has approved a resolution to place the following question on the November 2019 ballot:

“SHALL THE CITY OF LAKEWOOD, COLORADO, REESTABLISH THE CITY’S RIGHT TO PROVIDE ALL SERVICES RESTRICTED SINCE 2005 BY THE COLORADO GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITH THEIR PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL 05-152, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO OFFER TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, HIGH-SPEED INTERNET SERVICES (ADVANCED 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 COLORADO REVISED STATUTES SECTIONS 29-27-101 THROUGH 304, “COMPETITION IN UTILITY AND ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES,” WITHOUT LIMITING ITS HOME RULE AUTHORITY?”

Background Information

While the City of Lakewood has no plan to offer municipal broadband services at this time, the purpose of this ballot question is to ask voters if they would like to return control to the city to make future decisions about telecommunications services including cable television services, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi hot spots. Current state law prevents cities from having this authority unless local voters grant it to them.

City Council Meeting
Aug. 26, 2019
Watch the discussion and vote on Resolution 2019-25 - Approving Municipal Broadband Exemption to be Placed on the November ballot
Staff Memo and Resolution(PDF, 1MB) - Approving Municipal Broadband Exemption to be Placed on the November ballot 

City Council Meeting
Aug. 12, 2019
Watch the discussion on Resolution 2019-25- Approving Municipal Broadband Exemption to be Placed on the November ballot

City Council Study Session
July 15, 2019
Watch the municipal broadband presentation