Voters at town meeting on Tuesday approved spending $10,000 to design a system that would bring high-speed fiberoptic Internet service to town. Currently, people in town have to get their Internet service through slow solutions, because Princeton has been deemed a low priority for installation of fiberoptics cable by companies such as Verizon and Comcast.
(For a little humor, be sure to check out the first comment.)
Don’t know the details of the Princeton broadband initiative? Maybe you have been on a long vacation to Bora Bora. Maybe you have been too busy in your garden this Spring to follow recent local news. Or perhaps a neighborhood kid has been hogging your internet bandwidth, preventing you from getting on Facebook or the web altogether. Regardless of the reason, we are here to bring you quickly up to speed on the details of the broadband initiative without needing to spend a day reading through this web site.
It’s us, that’s who! Yes, all of the residents of our little ol’ town of Princeton!
The town residents will be voting at the Annual Town Meeting on two articles:
- Article 9: To approve funding to design a fiber optic network connecting every Princeton home
- Why needed? A network design is required to determine what a townwide network installation would cost.
- 50% approval required
- Article 10:Vote to establish a Municipal Telecommunications Plant
- Why needed? Massachusetts law requires it.
- 66% approval required
Passing these two articles are critical first steps that are required to bring ultrafast, affordable fiber-optic internet into every home in Princeton.
The Annual Town Meeting is Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00pm.
The Annual Town Meeting is at Thomas Prince School.
1. If we don’t, no one will. Verizon, Charter, and other major providers aren’t going to come in and do it. [Source]
3. Without highspeed internet, Princeton will be on the wrong side of the digital divide compared to all other Wachusett towns. [Source]
6. Statistically speaking, existing internet solutions in town are third world quality and are actually inferior to Vietnam, Poland, and Romania. [Source]
But maybe the best way to answer the “why” question is to let simply town residents answer that themselves:
- Read a letter from a Princeton resident »
- Read a letter to the editor in the Landmark »
- Read an open letter on the need for supporters to get out an vote »
- Comments from the town broadband survey »
How do the votes for the two articles fit into the big picture of bringing a fiber optic network to Princeton homes? View our interactive timeline to see the next steps in the process that will follow should the town approve these two articles. Click here to begin »