Annual Town Meeting: Just the Facts

urlThe Princeton Broadband Committee reminds voters to attend town meeting next Tuesday, May 13 at 7pm at Thomas Prince School. Let your voice be heard! There are two broadband related motions:

  • 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 »





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