Somerville officials look at city-owned Internet beyond what was recommended by a task force

Somerville offers Wi-Fi at public places such as its West Branch library, but is looking at a full municipal broadband network. (Photo: Marc Levy) ...

December 9, 2022
4:46 AM

Somerville offers Wi-Fi at public places such as its West Branch library, but is looking at a full municipal broadband network. (Photo: Marc Levy) The creation of city-owned Internet that would go beyond recommendations by a 2018 task force was taken up by Somerville city councilors Monday in a Public Utilities and Public Works Committee. Recommendations were made in 2019 by a city Internet Access Task Force exploring 'ways to preserve and expand affordable and neutral internet service across the city,' but the Covid pandemic delayed action, according to the City of Somerville website.

Marc Levy