Across Colorado, the failure of existing providers to provide fast, reliable broadband means many counties and towns are investigating other options. One Front Range town, Longmont, is already providing high-speed internet to its citizens at a cost below that of Google Fiber.
Yet in Colorado, in order to offer broadband services, municipalities need to override a 2005 state law. Known as, SB 05-152 [.pdf], the law requires voter approval before a government entity can provide telecommunications services such as broadband.
In the 2014 election, several municipalities and counties voted in favor of an override, including the city of Boulder. Now in 2015, the override trend seems to be sweeping Colorado. Forty-five counties, municipalities and school districts have a broadband override on their ballot.