From remote learning models for public school students to e-commerce to the Zoom boom to greater than ever use of streaming entertainment services, online connectivity is one of the few things allowing many Americans to cope with the lockdowns put in place to "flatten the curve" of cases and combat the novel coronavirus.
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.
The working group looking to bring fiber optic broadband to the Village Beautiful is nearing the point where it can broaden the conversation.
But it is not quite at the point of having a finished proposal to present to residents.
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.