Lots of big decisions coming on the Princeton Broadband project. Mark your calendars:
- August 30 & September 8 – Public Information sessions at Thomas Prince School
- September 7 – Advisory Committee public hearing of the Warrant Articles
- September 13 – Special Town Meeting vote at Heritage Bible Chapel (182 Brooks Station Road)
- September 22 – Ballot Election vote at Town Hall Annex (12-8pm)
Times and places are on the Town’s website http://www.town.princeton.ma.us and on
If you want to get a variety of perspectives on the upcoming votes, check out the following web sites:
Here’s a recent article on the city of Greenfield’s recent success to bring independent high-speed internet to their community:
To Xfinity And Beyond: One Town In Western MA Took On Comcast, And Won
Will the Town of Princeton get moving and follow suit? Or will the endless delays continue?
Princeton Broadband MLP will be holding their next two meetings during evening hours at the town hall annex.
- Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 pm
- Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 pm
This is opportunity for residents to attend, have an informal discussion with the implementation team, and ask questions that may have not been addressed on the connectingprinceton.com web site. The MLP has scheduled an hour of the agenda for this purpose at each meeting.
There will be formal information sessions in the next few months in advance of Special Town Meeting.
The ConnectingPrinceton.com web site was recently launched by the Princeton Broadband MLP. You can find the latest information on the ongoing effort to bring broadband internet to the town of Princeton.
Most importantly, you can sign up as an early subscriber to the future service and, in doing so, you can receive a $50 discount on installation when it becomes available. The offer is non-binding and can be cancelled, so there’s nothing to lose.
If you have any interest at all in broadband internet, I highly encourage you to sign up online before May 20. Not only will you personally save $50, but a strong response to this offer by town residents will help the broadband initiative considerably. The more residents who sign up, the more we demonstrate continued, widespread interest in bringing a high-speed broadband fiber network to Princeton.
I wanted to recommend checking out and bookmarking a great new blog –John Kowalski’s FiberDiary. John served as chairman of the Princeton Broadband Committee and continues to keep up-to-date on all of the nitty gritty details of the broadband initiative and the Princeton Broadband MLP activities/decisions. Providing regular updates on everything going on, his blog is a must-read resource for every Princeton resident interested in bringing a fiber network to town. Check it out at:
Here’s a press release from Princeton Broadband MLP:
– New plan assumes a vendor-built network managed by Princeton-
Princeton Broadband Municipal Light Plant (PBMLP) will vote Oct. 19 to pursue installing a high-speed Internet network controlled and managed by the town but built by a qualified vendor/installer. This solution follows successful ventures by many municipalities nationwide now reaping the financial benefits of network control and ownership.
“We looked at different options from several vendors and also one from the state-control MBI initiative,” said Jon Fudeman, PBMLP member. “We all agreed that control and ownership by any outside entity would deny Princeton residents the flexibility to decide who runs their network and oversees its operation. Under our proposed solution, Princeton keeps the revenue generated from all subscription fees, while delivering affordable ultra-fast Internet access with the lowest possible risk.”
The Princeton plan – dubbed “Connecting Princeton” – will require borrowing funds that town officials believe will not increase property taxes. PBMLP anticipates scheduling a special town meeting in 2016 to present its plan in more detail. A two-thirds majority vote is required to pass PBMLP’s recommendation.
The public, as always, is invited to attend the public meeting on Oct. 19, which will be held at Town Hall Annex at 5 pm.
Many folks have been asking about an update on bringing fiber optic internet to Princeton. Finally, here’s our chance to find out the latest!
The Princeton MLP/Select Board agenda for 10/19 (doublecheck the town calendar for exact time) includes a vote that will define how the town will finance the municipal fiberoptic network if authorized in a Town Meeting.
If you are interested in progress, you are invited to attend in person to discover their rationale, where the project presently stands and what the next steps are.