LONGMONT, Colo. -- What started in Longmont has spread to Fort Collins, Vail and 17 other Colorado cities which all voted to take internet into their own hands this November.
"It really differentiates Longmont from other cities in Colorado, and that's one of the things we were looking to do when we did it," Tom Roiniotis, general manager of Longmont Power Communications said.
Roiniotis runs Longmont's Nextlight, Colorado's first city-owned high-speed broadband internet service.
"What does it say when you see that many Colorado cities voting in favor of city-owned internet," asked Denver7 reporter Jennifer Kovaleski.
"I think what it says is that people aren't satisfied with the speed and the price of the service their getting from the incumbent providers," Roiniotis explained.
Voters in 19 other Colorado cities took their anger at big cable to the ballot box, overwhelmingly saying "no" to the ban on local government-run internet.
"Bringing real competition into internet service is gonna have a lot of benefits for all consumers," Roiniotis said.