Remote house calls create the opportunity to provide patients with care at the time and place they need it most, and further mitigates the risk of lack of adherence, not seeking help at all, recall bias and worsening of conditions.
- Melissa Thompson, CEO and Founder of TalkSession.
Analysts predict that 160 million patients in the U.S. will be monitored and treated remotely for at least one chronic condition by 2020. Clearly, Princeton will need a true broadband solution to be able to take advantage of this emerging trend in health care.
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“There’s still a lot to do.”
- Selectman Edith Morgan.
The Board of Selectmen granted the Princeton Broadband Committee a collective term extension that effectively moves the date of termination from June 30, 2014, to June 30, 2016, at a public meeting on Feb. 24.
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The agenda for the Feb. 26 meeting of the Princeton Broadband Committee included a presentation from Matrix/Millennium on their latest proposal to fund a high-speed fiber optic network to town residences. The meeting, open to the public, allowed Princeton residents the opportunity to address questions and concerns regarding the project, which was originally unveiled to the committee Feb.12.
The presentation, delivered by Chris Lynch, senior account representative for Matrix Design Group, looked at costs related to two possible installation scenarios, including a list of exclusions that would be Princeton’ responsibilities in completing the estimated $4 -5.3 million in project expenses.
The committee wished to thank the concerned residents who attended the meeting and looks forward to holding more in-depth public hearings on the project this spring. Check back with this site from time to time for any posted updates on recent developments.
Download the Matrix/Millennium Proposal. Formats: Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) or PowerPoint (.PPTX)
Have a question or comment regarding the recent proposal from Matrix/Millennium to cover costs to install a town wide high-speed, fiber optic network? If so, you are invited to attend the Feb. 26 meeting of the Princeton Broadband Committee at Town Hall Annex. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm with the public comment agenda item scheduled for 7:30 pm.
All broadband committee meetings are open to the public, but this meeting represents the first opportunity for Princeton residents to ask questions regarding the proposal. While discussions at this point are in their preliminary stages, a more detailed Information Session on the proposal will be held in the near future.
Matrix/Millennium project could reduce taxpayers burden of $4-5 million
The Princeton Broadband Committee received some surprising news at its Feb 12 meeting when a representative from telecommunications firm Matrix Design Group outlined a preliminary proposal from his company to fund a fiber-to-the-home project for those residents choosing to purchase high-speed fiber optic connectivity. The proposal, if accepted by the board of selectmen, would save taxpayers between $4 and $5.3 million, easing the concerns of those residents who say they should not have to pay for services they do not use.
Joining Matrix in the proposal is its project management partner Millennium Communications Group, Inc. of East Hanover, NJ. The proposal includes choosing one of two options: an active Ethernet network with a $5.3 million price tag or a $4million cost estimate for a gigabit passive optical network (GPON). Matrix/Millennium currently favors the less costly GPON network for the Princeton project. A not too technical explanation of GPON vs. active Ethernet can be found at http://connectedplanetonline.com/commentary/telcos-ethernet-gpon-090910/.
The committee thanked Matrix/Millennium representative Chris Lynch for his generous proposal, which significantly lessens the amount taxpayers will be asked to pay over a 20-year period. The proposal does not exempt the town from assuming some of the costs, including environmental permitting and studies, application fees and “make-ready” costs that may involve the services of the Princeton Municipal Light Department and Verizon that share responsibilities for existing telephone poles. Estimates of those costs, which will need to be approved by town voters, are yet to be determined.
Some specifics of the tentative proposal include the stipulation that homeowners who want the network must pay a $200 installation fee during a set enrollment period. Those requesting installation after that period would be charged $1200 for the service. Each subscriber will be charged a $25 per month “construction fee” in addition to a proposed menu that includes high-speed Internet (30-50 megabits), voice over Internet (VOIP) telephone service and a competitive local channel television offering. While customers will have the option to chose services on an a la carte basis, estimated monthly costs for the three bundled services are $100 per month, which makes the average monthly bill around $125.
Since the town is currently in the process of accepting applications from cable vendors for similar services, the Matrix/Millennium proposal cannot be acted upon until the advertised March 11 deadline to submit bids has passed. Next steps to approve any project would most likely be a vendor-lead presentation of the proposal to the select board that will be open to the public.
Check our website for further information and updates regarding this late-breaking news, which could have a significant impact on the committee’s goal to provide affordable high speed fiber optic connectivity to every home.
When incumbent providers cannot serve the broadband needs of some localities, local governments should be allowed—no, encouraged—to step up to the plate and ensure that their citizens are not left on the wrong side of the great divide. – Michael Copps, former FCC Commissioner
Many communities are struggling with limited Internet access options. DSL and cable may be available but the prices increase nearly every year, often without improvements in technology or service. A lack of universal fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access results in less economic development, fewer educational opportunities, and a lower quality of life, particularly for low-income families and communities of color. Only a few US cities have access to much faster networks, often at more affordable prices similar to what is available in peer nations. (cont…)
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Deadline Waiver Speeds the Process To Submit Requests
The Princeton Broadband Committee, with the support of the Board of Selectmen, is moving forward in identifying cable providers interested in servicing the town with residential broadband access. Informal discussions have taken place with representatives from Charter, Comcast and Verizon, three of the region’s leading providers, and the process to officially request submitted proposal documents is now underway.
Strict guidelines established under state law require a formal process that requests interested cable franchises to submit official applications to interested cities and towns for a cable television license. The guidelines include placing legal notices in both national local news media outlets that announce a 60-day period to officially notify all potential applicants of the town’s interest in licensing as a cable operator.
To hasten this process, the select board voted to request a waiver from the Mass. Department of Telecommunications and Cable of the usual 60-day requirement and reduce the response period to 45-days. The state agency granted the town a waiver on Jan. 17 that cuts the response time by 15 days and removes the requirement to advertise a legal notice in costly national publications but still requires a paid ad in the local weekly newspaper.
The paid notice appeared in the Telegram & Gazette on January 23 giving interested parties until March 10 to respond to the official request for applications. As stated in the ad copy, all applications received will be available for public inspection in Town Hall during regular business hours.
“Cable companies are well-prepared to move quickly in the application process so this reduced time frame does not adversely affect their ability to respond,” said PBC member John Kowaleski. “Pursuing cable connectivity for Princeton is now a viable option for delivering high-speed broadband applications that will not raise property taxes. We are committed to moving this process along and sharing the cable company documents with the public when available.”