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.
Tower companies are chomping at the bit as a multi-billion dollar industry in 5G technology is primed to roll out.
On Wednesday night the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan to help roll that industry out quicker and cheaper. And when it does, companies will be seeking to use to right of way to for technology companies to attach antennas and accompanying infrastructure.
Attorney Anthony Lepore is sounding the alarm on legislation allowing 5G technology to roll out.
Lepore said states have been passing legislation that effectively removes a local municipality's say in wireless infrastructure placed in a right of way.
The issue at hand — one they insist affects everyone — is an upcoming congressional vote on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to repeal the rules that currently restrict how large broadband companies can control their users' access.
The City Council on Tuesday accepted an unknown amount of money left by late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi for the North Adams Public Library.
Cariddi, who died at age 63 in June, named the library as a beneficiary under an insurance policy and apparently left cash benefits in her will.