Worcester Broadband Task Force: $250 Million Cost For City Network

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WORCESTER, MA — A task force in Worcester has been studying the possibility of setting up a city-owned broadband internet network for two years, and for the first time this week revealed some of its findings.

The broadband task force reported to a city council committee Monday that it would cost an estimated $250 million for the city to build its own network, according to Worcester Chief Information Officer Michael Hamel. But there may be another option: allowing a private vendor to build a network in Worcester, providing competition for the city’s only full-service cable and internet provider, Spectrum.

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