NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton residents will have an opportunity to discuss the results of a Broadband Marketing Report that outlines the steps needed to establish a city-owned network to provide broadband internet service.
This report is the result of the first of two phases for a marketing and feasibility study project Design Nine is conducting for the City of Northampton. You can read the report here.
The new facility would be used for telecommunication systems, which would supply internet to businesses and households in the city. The issue goes before Northampton voters as a ballot question on Tuesday, November 2. A positive vote doesn’t necessarily mean the light plant would be installed, just that the city has permission to do so.
A virtual meeting was held on Wednesday with Mayor Narkewicz, Northampton’s Chief Information Officer Antonio Pagan, and broadband planning experts Andrew Cohill and Jack Maytum from Design Nine to discuss the results of the report.
“If you look at some of the oldest and most successful community owned networks in the country, it is often the electric cities,” said Cohill.