Did a State Law Discourage Google from Launching Its Fiber Service in Colorado?

March 31 2011, 11:03 AM

Despite the awesome heart-shaped message the people of Longmont sent to Google via satellite, the search engine giant has decided to build its first ultra-high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Kansas (Daily Camera). Boulder was also competing to host Google Fiber, which is expected to be 100 times faster than the average Internet service. In all, some two dozen communities in Colorado—including Aurora and Highlands Ranch—lost out. "One thing Google likely did not see as a positive...was a state law that prohibits cities in Colorado from forming public-private partnerships to do just what Google had proposed, without a community vote allowing such a partnership," writes the Reporter-Herald.

In all, more than 1,100 cities across the country were bidding for Google's business, including Topeka, Kansas, which offered to change its name to "Google" (Denver Business Journal). Meanwhile, Fort Collins is feeling the corporate love, after Hewlett-Packard debuted its much-touted, state-of-the-art research facility in the northern Colorado town (Coloradoan).