This is the transcript for episode 370 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. In this episode, Christopher speaks with Elizabeth Peetz from the Colorado Association of Realtors about broadband policy in the state and how connectivity impacts homeowners and the real estate market. Listen to the episode, or read the transcript below.
Elizabeth Peetz: Finding that compromise was easy because in the end we knew we all wanted the same outcome. The question was how do we structure the language to protect everybody's rights.
Lisa Gonzalez: Welcome to episode 370 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. I'm Lisa Gonzalez. In past episodes, we've talked about broadband's effect on real estate and broadband as real estate, but this week we have a guest from an organization who represents homeowners and that organization works on broadband policy. Elizabeth Peetz from the Colorado Association of Realtors visits with Christopher for this episode. In this discussion, Liz describes the effect broadband has had on the Colorado real estate market and how her organization has become involved in related legislation. She talks about some of the recent changes in state law and the association's opinions on those changes. In addition to easement law for cooperatives, Liz talks about the state's right of first refusal and about Colorado's broadband funding techniques. Liz also offers some sound advice on what folks can do to encourage real estate as a tool to improve broadband policy. Now, here's Christopher and Elizabeth Peetz from the Colorado Association of Realtors.
Christopher Mitchell: Welcome to another episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. I'm Chris Mitchell with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance up in Minneapolis, today speaking with Elizabeth Peetz, the vice president of government affairs for the Colorado Association of Realtors. Thanks for coming on the show.
Elizabeth Peetz: Yeah, thanks for having me.
Christopher Mitchell: So let me start with a pretty basic question, which is the Colorado Association of Realtors, what exactly does it do?
Elizabeth Peetz: We are a membership trade association, and we represent...Read more