Smart water meters in Steamboat Springs may not be so smart after all.
Two local broadband providers are worried that the thousands of new wireless water meters could disrupt Internet service to as many as 150 of their customers.
The meters are using the same frequency band as wireless Internet users, and crossed wires could hurt both sides.
According to Steamboat Today, city officials say their company is responsible for fixing any problems. The company says the wireless water meters are needed for long-distance customers.
Early evidence shows that wireless signals from the new meters may be interfering with broadband signals.