City plans to use federal stimulus money to help construct a municipal network

During a virtual meeting on Zoom with Northampton Neighbors on Monday, Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra answered some of our coalition’s questions regarding a municipal network. Watch the video below. It only takes a few minutes. Among the mayor’s points: No funds are in the city’s budget related to municipal broadband because expenditures related to this will …

What’s the latest on a municipal network?

It’s a question we keep getting asked: what’s the latest on a municipal network for Northampton? It’s a good question. We’re working to get the most up-to-date information, which we’ll share here. You may recall Question 1 on last November’s City ballot. 91% of those voting on the question authorized the City to create a …

The City as your ISP

Note: to clarify, if the City builds a municipal network, you will not be required to join it. If you are happy with Comcast or wireless ISPs locally, you can keep them. In our last post, we looked at the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model for municipal networks. With this model, potentially any Internet …

Question 1 approved by 91% of voters

In city elections held on Tuesday, Northampton voters overwhelmingly gave the city permission to create a municipal light plant (MLP). An MLP is a legal entity that can be used by municipalities in Massachusetts to create municipal networks. Based on preliminary results, 7426 Yes votes were cast and 705 No votes were cast. This is …