New Marlborough chooses Charter for broadband

By Christopher McDermott

MILL RIVER — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to select Charter Communications out of three options to bring the town more extensive internet service.

“Our obligation is to get as many people internet as possible, and especially those who have had no service,” Board of Selectmen member Tara White said. “This looks like one of the ways that will work to do this.”

Broadband committee chair Richard Long said that his group recommended Charter as the “pragmatic” option, and the selectmen took their recommendation.

In notes from their findings shared with the public, the broadband committee said that choosing Charter (a major telecommunications company with a gross revenue in 2017 estimated at $41.58 billion) would come with fewer risks and likely cost less to the town than the other two options: Crocker Communications or a town-owned system.

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