Broadband Initiatives

“Ensuring our citizens have access to robust broadband service is as much a quality-of-life issue as providing clean drinking water, safe neighborhoods, and affordable housing. If the private sector is unable or unwilling to meet our community’s need for broadband services, it is imperative we as a municipal government act to meet this need.” ~Mayor Bob Nicholson, October 20, 2014

City of Montrose is seeking to become a Gigabit City

On April 1st, 2014 74% of our citizens voted to allow Montrose to recoup its rights to provide telecommunication services. these rights were restricted when the Colorado General Assembly, in 2005, passed legislation which provides that before a local government may provide advanced telecommunication services, a majority of voters must approve.  This legislation, in essence, considered that the manner in which local communities address the telecommunications needs is not a local issue but of statewide concern. The successful page of Measure A was the first step to reaching the goal of ensuring our city is not limited when it comes to taking full advantage of the services that are available via the Internet.

City of Montrose Broadband - In the News


January 14, 2016 "Guest Commentary: Colorado should let communities decide on broadband options" - Source: The Denver Post - Opinion


December 6, 2015 "Why we should care about broadband" - Source: Montrose Daily Press - Opinion


November 8, 2015 "Broadband Internet is on its way to Montrose" - Source: Montrose Daily Press - Q&A


August 21, 2015 "Colorado Officials Address Broadband Access At Montrose Forum" - Source KVNF


May 31, 2015

"Fiber-optic system advancing; multiple players involved" - Source: Montrose Daily Press - Focus


March 7, 2015

"City moves ahead on broadband" - Source: Montrose Daily Press


November 19, 2014

"Virgil Turner Addresses Broadband Field Hearing" - Source: The WATCH


November 18, 2014



November 11, 2014

"Colorado counties' citizens clear the way for local broadband" - Source: FierceEnterpriseCommunications


November 5, 2014

"Republicans and Democrats Alike Restore Local Authority in Colorado" Source: Community Broadband Networks


November 4, 2014

"Boulder Issue 2C: Voters overwhelmingly support broadband authority" Source: Daily Camera

October 31, 2014

"Montrose Joins 'Communities to Launch Next Century' Cities" - Source: The Watch

October 29, 2014

"Why Colorado Towns Have to Vote If they Want Better Broadband" Source: KUNC 91.5


October 23, 2014

"City advancing plans for broadband" Source: Montrose Daily Press - News

"City of Montrose Collaborates To Bring Fiber Optic" - KVNF


October 22, 2014

"Cities hope to boost broadband with new coalition" Source: Computerworld

"Vote yes on broadband measure" Source: Boulder Daily Camera - Opinion


October 20, 2014

"More cities call for control of their broadband destiny, as FCC looks at states power to overrule them" Source:GIGAOM

"Next Century Cities: 32 Cities Form Broadband Collective" Source: Government Technology


October 16, 2014

"2C or not 2C isn't the question" Source: Boulder Weekly - News


October 2014 "Better Broadband - Economic Development Solutions for Western Colorado" - Grand Valley Magazine, Vol. VII/Issue 9 Page 101


September 5, 2014

"Should Colorado broadband law be revoked? Yes" Source: Denver Post - Opinion


August 8, 2013

"Meyer: Colorado law hinders cities' efforts to expand broadband networks" Source: Denver Post - Opinion


June 30, 2014

"Another Colorado Community May Reclaim Local Telecommunications Authority" Source: Community Broadband Networks


April 29, 2014

"Western Colorado Town Aims to Become Gigabit City" - Source: Telco Americana


April 22, 2014 Podcast:

"Montrose Moves Toward Muni Network -Community Broadband Bits Podcast #95 Source: Community Broadband Networks


April 21, 2014

"Montrose Poised to Become a Gigabyte City" Source: The Watch


April 16, 2014
"Voters Approve Local Telecommunications Authority in Montrose, Colorado" Source: Community Broadband Networks
April 14, 2012

"Colo. Town Approves Public Networks" Source: The Daily Yonder


April 6, 2014

"The vote is in what comes next" Source: Montrose Daily Press - News


April 6, 2014

"About time for broadband movement" Source: Montrose Daily Press - Editorial

April 2, 2014

"Voters approve rec center, broadband initiative, revised city charter" ­ Montrose Daily Press - News


March 22, 2014

"Montrose sets goal to be gigabit city" ­ Source: Montrose Daily Press - News


March 20, 2014

"Colorado lawmakers target telecom reform and $54 million phone subsidy" Source: Denver Post - News


March 17, 2014



March 12, 2014

"Councilors­ Vote Yes to Make Montrose a Gigabyte City" Source: The Watch


March 5, 2104

"City supports Measure A" Source: Montrose Daily Press - News


February 28, 2014

"Faster Internet levels playing field" Source: Montrose Daily Press - Opinion


February 21, 2014

"Montrose Asks Voters to Take Back Authority to Establish A Telecommunications Utility" Source: Community Broadband Networks


February 4th, 2014

"City looks to recoup broadband rights" Source: Montrose Daily Press - News

September 4, 2013




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