A spliced fiberoptic cable.

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In Grand Junction’s municipal election, voters will decide on whether to allow the city to help improve broadband Internet service for businesses and residents. State law currently prohibits Colorado cities from establishing broadband networks unless a municipal ballot measure restores the city’s authority to build and regulate them. Seven Colorado cities have already passed similar measures.

Dallas Heltzell is a writer for BizWest media. He has written extensively about Colorado cities choosing to allow municipal broadband and spoke with Ryan Warner. Read his story on municipal broadband expansion in the state here.