Gainesville to vote on Municipal Broadband Launch on Thursday
June 15, 2022
Press release from Connected Gainesville
On Thursday, June 16, the Gainesville City Commission will vote on whether to expand municipal broadband to residents and businesses in Gainesville. The proposal created by Magellan Advisors would bring a new, city-run internet option to over 5,000 residences, giving them access to gigabit-speed internet at a low rate.
The study proposes launching a “Fiber To The Home Pilot Project” that would cover neighborhoods east of 13th Street including Stephen Foster, Oakview, Duckpond, and North East Neighbors. Residents in those neighborhoods would then have internet options starting at $30 a month for 100 mbps symmetrical speeds, with a free option for low-income residents. Magellan Advisors estimates that the city would profit as much as $9.8 million from the system.
“This is going to be revolutionary for our city,” said Bryan Eastman, the founder of Connected Gainesville, a local group that advocates for broadband expansion. “The pandemic has shown that internet is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, and this pilot will be the first step in bridging our digital divide and creating a 21st-century economy for Gainesville.”
Read the background of the municipal broadband push in Gainesville on Muninetworks Blog.
About Connected Gainesville
Connected Gainesville is a community initiative to bring high-speed, affordable, broadband internet to every person in our community. We believe internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and if Gainesville wants to become a 21st-century city we must be on the cutting edge of internet connectivity. Our goal is to improve our community’s economic competitiveness, solve the digital divide, and make Gainesville a fully connected city.
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