November 14, 2017, The Princeton Broadband Municipal Light Plant transferred utility pole attachment rights, the result of the Town's make ready endeavor, to Charter Communications Corp. The binding agreement, executed between Verizon, PBMLP, PMLD, and Charter, transfers pole attachment rights to Charter Communications so they can begin construction of their network.
The "12-month construction period" with Charter is expected to begin in early November. This does not necessarily mean that Charter will begin construction in November of 2017, rather it suggests that by November of 2018, the Town of Princeton residents and property owners will have access to high speed internet, cable and phone through Charter, should they wish to subscribe.
After the 2016 September Special Town Meeting, having been approached by a couple cable companies, the Board of Selectmen issued a solicitation for Cable License Applications, in compliance with state and federal law/regulations and concurrently solicited for interested residents and appointed a 5 member Cable Advisory Committee, with 1 alternate.
Two applications were received from the solicitation (Charter Communications and Comcast). The Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) worked diligently to review the submissions meeting on a weekly basis, until they had prepared a recommended Issuing Authority Report, which was adopted by the Board of Selectmen on January 17, 2017.
Following the Issuing Authority Report, a hearing was scheduled and held on March 13th, and continued a few times, until it was closed on April 19th. After an extensive review by the CAC, including the preparation of a comprehensive recommendation, the Board of Selectmen deliberated and after the close of the public hearing on April 19th, the Board ultimately voted to award a provisional or final license to Charter.
On July 10, 2017, the Board of Selectmen, and Charter Communications jointly filed a request for a waiver of some of the regulations for cable franchising. This waiver was approved on July 19th by the Department of Telecommunications and Cable. Please click here for a copy of the waiver request and the applicable approval.
As of September 15, 2017 Verizon completed the make-ready work put forth by the Princeton Broadband Municipal Light Plant (PBMLP). The PBMLP is now working with the necessary stakeholders to transfer the pole license agreement to Charter. Once the transfer is completed, which is anticipated to be complete in November, Charter's 12-month construction period begins, in accordance with the Final Cable Television License.
Massachusetts Broadband Institute (the MBI) Information:
The MBI is a partner with the Town of Princeton, as it is anticipated that a cable company will secure grant funding from the MBI to subsidize their capital construction to bring high speed internet to Princeton. To be linked to the MBI website, please click here.
Cable Advisory Committee (CAC):
For information about the Cable Advisory Committee, please click here. The CAC was responsible in a majority of the work compiled in navigating the state and federal laws for cable franchising.
Princeton Broadband Municipal Light Plant (PBMLP):
For information about the Princeton Broadband Municipal Light Plant, please click here. The PBMLP is responsible for the ongoing "make-ready" project.
Updated as of: November 1, 2017