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Connect Brockton

Own Your Internet

Community Owned Fiber Optic Infrastructure

Connect Brockton Explained in 3 Minutes

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A Message from Mayor Robert F. Sullivan

Reliable internet connectivity is essential in the 21st century.  Just as electricity enabled the first industrial revolution, fiber optic infrastructure is the foundation for the digital revolution.  As Brockton’s Mayor, I have directed City staff to evaluate our potential options and recommendations as to how best to close the digital divide and to provide our residents and business owners with this necessary and essential infrastructure.  The goals of the City for this project include the following –

 

  • Lower the cost of internet access, potentially by thirty percent (30%) for residents and businesses.

  • Significantly increase the speed and reliability of internet access.

  • Increase competition and give residents and business owners multiple options for Internet Service Providers.

  • Build a state-of-the-art network that will improve economic development and foster key innovation.

  • Leverage the network to improve City services, including Public Safety transportation, healthcare, education, emergency communications, and new and enhanced services that will become possible with advanced network infrastructure.

 

If this initiative goes forward, the project would be developed with the following principles and objectives:

 

  • Participation would be on a voluntary, opt-in basis.

  • The City tax rate would not be increased to fund the network.

  • The ongoing operation of the network would be self-sustaining and not dependent on any subsidy from the City.

 

In the coming months, the City will develop an extensive feasibility study and business plan for the creation of a fiber optic network. We will be sharing more detailed information and answering your questions via this website, community meetings, and a series of other community outreach efforts.

 

Thank you,

 

Robert F. Sullivan

Mayor, City of Brockton