Denver’s 2020 ballot measures: The one about the internet as a public utility

Denverite: Initiative 2H asks voters to let Denver spend money on broadband internet services and infrastructure. Currently, state law prohibits the city from investing in such things.

If Denver ever creates a public internet utility — akin to water and electricity providers — opting out of the state law is a necessary first step. Other organized groups, like neighborhoods, would also be able to get into a business dominated by Comcast and Century Link.

City Councilman Paul Kashmann sponsored this measure, which was approved by the Denver City Council earlier this year and passed onto voters. Over 100 other Colorado localities have passed similar measures.

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