Worcester Municipal Broadband Could Boost Students, Economy: WRRB

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WORCESTER, MA — Worcester should be a little more like neighboring Shrewsbury, at least when it comes to internet service.

That’s the thrust behind a new Worcester Regional Research Bureau published this week looking at how Worcester could set up a municipal broadband network for residents, which Shrewsbury — and cities from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Cedar Falls, Iowa — has offered residents since 1999.

The argument in favor: Worcester residents only have one choice right now when it comes to buying internet service. And residents in large swaths of the city don’t purchase internet at all. Worcester offering low-cost, speedy internet could help everyone from students learning online to small businesses.

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