Though Pittsfield is not traditionally underserved by corporate internet providers, it is at the mercy of large service providers who may or may not choose to invest in further internet infrastructure.
Select Board member Andrew Hogeland, who has been part of a study group looking at the feasibility of broadband, reported to his colleagues the results of a townwide survey that was distributed along with the annual town census this winter.
Select Board member Andrew Hogeland on Monday gave his colleagues an update on the research of a working group of volunteers who have been looking at solutions to provide high-speed internet access in the rural town of 7,700.
Municipal broadband systems have been taking hold in Western Massachusetts recently. The community-owned internet service is eyed to bolster speeds and decrease pricing in areas that are underserved by the utility companies.
When 5G infrastructure is installed in city right of ways, it'll have to look nice.
The City Council approved the proactive measure of updating its zoning regulations to ensure the city streets aren't lined with unsightly technology. Tower and wireless companies are rolling out 5G technology throughout the nation but that will require a significant number of new towers and antennas.