Future Of Jamestown’s Municipal Broadband Network Up For Discussion

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JAMETOWN – The future of rolling out a municipal broadband network in Jamestown will be discussed this week.

The broadband network concept, first brought forward by Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist during his bid for office, would establish a municipally-owned fiber network in the city.

During the pandemic, it was difficult to get kids, and their parents alike, connected to the internet, a resource that the Mayor says is vital to the ever-growing digital world.

The push, which would be a first in the state system, would build out an infrastructure to provide fast and affordable internet plans to city residents.

Prices and plans could, the Mayor says, range from a free lifeline service to high speed fiber internet connections for businesses like tech driven companies.

A survey gauging feedback was circulated last year.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., city and Jamestown Board of Public Utility officials will present results of a feasibility study.

Those looking to learn more can attend the presentation in the Fireplace Room of the Prendergast Library.


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