At press time, a bill was about to be introduced in the Colorado Legislature that would require cable companies with more than 2,500 subscribers in Colorado to open their systems to competing internet service providers (ISPs).

Colorado is only the latest state to take up the issue of whether to force cable companies to open their broadband services to ISPs. It's a debate that could have broad implications for schools, which, like consumers, stand to benefit from wider availability of broadband access to the internet.

The Colorado bill would allow consumers to use their current...

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