Worcester to look into feasibility of municipal broadband despite high cost

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While a municipal broadband system in Worcester could cost the city upwards of a quarter billion dollars, officials are still considering the feasibility of such a project to address gaps in digital access among residents.

At a meeting of the Committee on Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment on Monday, Chairwoman and City Councilor Etal Haxhiaj requested the city administration conduct a feasibility study to “serve as a blueprint for a broadband master plan that outlines policies, designs, business and financial model options,” as well as apply for the state’s Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program to help learn what digital equity gaps exist in Worcester.

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