'Yes' vote will make Delta County more competitive
By Tom Huerkamp
Published Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:00 am
I am writing to encourage the voters in unincorporated Delta County and the voters in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford to vote yes to opt out of the provisions of Senate Bill 152 as it relates to broadband. In no way does this obligate any of these entities to operate or contribute financially to efforts to bring greater Internet speed and reliability to all of Delta County. It simply provides another tool in the ongoing efforts to make us competitive with the rest of the world.
Also, it has absolutely nothing to do with the $5.2 million grant obtained by Region 10 to bring world class Internet service to Delta and Montrose counties and does not in any way obligate communities to come up with matching funds for that grant.
The handful of fearmongers voicing these kinds of concerns are at the very least bending the truth and facts, perhaps even outright telling lies. In some cases there are some very self-serving motives for those voicing opposition to opting out of SB 152.
We are not in this alone; the City of Montrose has already opted out as have numerous other towns and counties across the state. In this election cycle, 17 more counties, 18 cities and towns and two school districts are seeking voter approval to opt out.
Most importantly a strong yes vote sends a loud message to Delta-Montrose Electric Association that its owner/customers want it to use its access to the fiber optic cable that can make this desperately needed Internet service available to everyone.