For those of you who have been unable to view your favorite sports events over the Labor Day weekend, such as the US Open Tennis Matches and golf tournaments, because of the hissing match between Spectrum and Disney over how to split the profit-pie derived from your excessive internet charges, there is hope for the future.
At the Town Meeting last May, the Citizens of Westport voted 180 to 12 in favor of setting up a Municipal Light Plant to install and operate a new fiber-optic internet service that will provide easy high-speed access to many alternative internet service providers, rather than the current monopolies, at significantly lower costs.
The Town’s Internet Advisory Committee is currently exploring alternative approaches to organizing and managing these services in ways that would avoid any debt burden to the Town while extending those services as quickly as possible to all residences and businesses that wish to access them.
More information on the objectives and plans for Westport’s own high-speed, fiber-optic internet system is available at: https://www.westportfiber.com/
David C. Cole
Cole is a member of the Westport Internet Advisory Committee.