When we last visited the issue of municipal broadband, the Westerly, Rhode Island town council was weighing a proposal from SiFi Networks to build a $30 million fiber-optic network. The system was to be taxpayer funded through annual payments ranging from $1 million to $2.5 million over 30 years. SiFi “guaranteed” the network would generate […]
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Westerly’s Town Council is currently considering whether or not to enter into a contract with SiFi Networks of London to build a $30 million fiber-optic network. SiFi is proposing to build the network and the town would lease-purchase it from the company at an annual cost of $1 million to $2.5 million over 30 years. […]
On its May 2nd editorial page, the Concord Monitor opined that “Concord should embrace municipal fiber optic network”. The question residents need to ask themselves is: Why? Concord currently has several broadband providers that serve its residents. Why would taxpayers foot the bill to duplicate existing networks? The Monitor offers a quote from a former […]