Longmont, CO vs. The Empire. Latest Flashpoint in the Muni Broadband Battles

Two years ago, Longmont, CO decided it wanted to take back via a referendum its right to determine its own broadband future, only to have Comcast and its allies go ballistic and kill the measure. This year, Longmont is back for round 2. I found this column I wrote for TMCnet in 2009 and it’s still applicable today. Enjoy.

Longmont, CO has the opportunity to launch itself squarely into a digital communications leadership position among U.S. cities. IF its citizens can beat back the latest attack from the Empire, in this case with Comcast in the role of Darth Vader, and the storm troopers crouched in a hastily conceived vehicle called No Blank Check Look Before We Leap.

Today seems like a good day to neuter one of the biggest false arguments from the storm troopers because you’ll hear it every time a city’s on the verge of breaking free of the ills of the Empire. But first, a brief history.

[Cue serene music, pop up panoramic of sleepy bedroom community]. Longmont is a forward-looking community, as typified by being declared an “All-America City” by the National Civic League in 2006, an award for communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results.

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