A host of rural towns in western Massachusetts are ramping up to bring broadband to their residents, according to a recent MassLive.com article. Some $40M in state funding has been put aside by the Massachusets Broadband Institute to create a fiber network infrastructure for residents, if they can all agree. The proposals currently sits with 16 towns, who must decide at town meetings and local elections in May.
Municipals planning to set up their own broadband networks outside of traditional telecomm companies isn't a surprise, especially given recent FCC rulings affecting North Carolina and Tennessee. The trend of more and more municipalities creating their own networks is inevitable, especially if state funding is available to build the infrastructure, as we've seen recently with New York Governor Cuomo's #Broadband4All campaign.
At RESOLUTE Partners, we think it's great that local governments are taking it upon themselves to bridge the connectivity gap that exists in rural areas. So much so, we even put together a broadband guide to assist municipalities with network planning. As these municipals think about their broadband efforts, we encourage them to consider a strategy that incorporates wireless segments into a fiber infrastructure, which can help to reduce costs and reach a greater percentage of town's homes and businesses.