Should Denver city government enter the internet business to compete with Comcast and CenturyLink? Voters will get a say in November.

The Denver Post: Denver City Councilman Paul Kashmann estimates as much as a fifth of Denver’s homes are without high-speed internet, a serious gap in coverage during the work-from-home and online education era sparked by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

So Kashmann led a push to ask city voters to approve a November ballot question that would allow Denver to enter the internet provider business. It’s a move that could cost an estimated $1 billion and take years to complete while putting the city in direct competition with Comcast and CenturyLink.

Historically in Colorado referendums on local government internet pass with flying colors, though not without opposition from private internet providers.

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