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Pitkin County broadband wins in landslide

Staff report

Pitkin County voters Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ballot question that aims to give them better Internet service.

By a 5,013 to 427 vote, 92.2 percent of the electorate approved question 1A, which allows the county to opt out of a 2005 state Senate bill that forbids governments from competing with the private sector over broadband service.

County officials have said Pitkin County won’t become an Internet service provider with the passage of 1A, but it would team up with a company to improve broadband in such unincorporated communities as Redstone, Thomasville and the Castle Creek Valley.

There is no tax increase with 1A, but the county could seek grants to help upgrade Internet service.

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