The migration of job applications, payment systems and government documents online makes high-speed broadband access a necessity for all communities. Faced with the high prices of services and lagging connection speeds offered by incumbent providers, more and more cities around the country are building their own broadband networks to meet the needs of their residents, businesses and public institutions. Empowering communities to control their own communication infrastructure is one of the core values of OTI. Last month we began a partnership with MuniNetworks.org to cross-post stories about municipal broadband projects. Today we continue that partnership with an update on Leverett, MA, where residents recently voted overwhelmingly to raise their own taxes to support the design and construction of their locally owned and controlled municipal broadband network.
By Lisa Gonzalez
We brought you news of Leverett, Massachusetts and their decision this spring to pursue a municipal fiber optic network. In April, voters approved a measure to develop the initiative, and this past weekend took the last step toward building the network. The town of 1,851, voted to raise their taxes to pay for a fiber-to-the-home network. The result was a resounding 462 for and 90 against.
The GazetteNET.com covered the story: