Contract signed to conduct pole audit moves broadband installation to next level
Following approval from the board of selectmen, Princeton has finalized and signed an agreement with Linx Associates to conduct the engineering study necessary to estimating costs to prepare the town’s utility poles for the installation of the proposed high-speed fiber optic network. Voters at the 2014 annual town meeting approved the funds to cover project expenses, estimated at $6970.
Fieldwork for the project will be conducted by a representative from Linx assisted by a representative of the Princeton Municipal Light Department. Work is expected to begin immediately with a final report due September 30.
Princeton Broadband, the newly formed municipal light plant (MLP), is currently determining an exact figure of all final costs to meet the installation requirements established by Matrix/Millennium, the company that has presented a proposal to bring Internet access into Princeton homes at no taxpayer expense.
While the contract to begin the network installation is still unsigned, the proposal has been reviewed and amended by legal counsel in preparation for an approval by the MLP. Final contract approval will occur after a special town meeting is held later this fall to approve borrowing funds to cover the town’s portion of “make ready’” costs.
Princeton is one of 47 Massachusetts towns eligible for a portion of $45 million allocated for ‘last mile’ network construction. Funding formulas are currently being reviewed and awaiting release pending the anticipated approval of Gov. Deval Patrick in late 2014.