Colorado considering striking down laws that prohibit community broadband

Posted on Saturday, Apr 8, 2023 by Chris Hayner

Featured in this episode of Chaos Lever

There are a ton of laws out there were bought by the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast that flat out disallow cities and towns from building broadband to serve their populace. Because why would citizens want good cheap service when they can have Comcast instead?

The rules in Colorado have been similar since 2005, but with a lot of towns opting out, to great success. Now Colorado is looking to re-evaluate the law- and by re-evaluate, I mean cause it to cease existing.

The new law would join Washington and Arkansas in getting rid of these anticompetitive initiatives. If it passes there would still be 17 states that prohibit community broadband for absolutely no reason, including, sadly, the home state of this podcast, Pennsylvania.