- Article 4 is a second vote taken by paper ballot to establish a telecommunications MLP, a public entity that is required to operate a local broadband network. The first vote successfully passed at last year’s town meeting by the required margin of 2/3. Failure to pass this article will eliminate the opportunity to again vote for the purpose of establishing an MLP for two years.
- Article 5 seeks to appropriate $17,000 to obtain technical and legal expertise to represent the town’s interest in any negotiations to build a network. These funds are specifically requested to explore and better understand any proposal from the private sector to build a network in town.
Note: The Advisory Board approves passing both these articles.
Fact 1: The town is not heading toward building a network completely funded by taxpayers.
Fact 2: The town currently has a proposal from a private firm to build a network under a public/private partnership, which will be paid for by subscribers to the service (Internet and telephone options) over a period of years. The town would own the network after that period. An MLP must exist for the town to consider this proposal.
Fact 3: The Princeton Broadband Committee is currently in the process of requesting funding assistance from the Commonwealth and/or the federal government to build a municipal network.
For a more extended discussion on the implications of the annual town meeting votes, check out Three Must-Dos in May »