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HISTORY & MONTHLY UPDATES:
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 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 began in early November of 2017, therefore by November of 2018, it is anticipated that Town of Princeton residents and property owners will have access to high speed internet, cable and phone through Charter, should they wish to subscribe.
Charter construction monthly updates:
On June 4th and 26th of 2018, the Selectboard held hearings at the request of Charter Communications, permission to erect and locate poles, underground conduit, handholes, vaults, pedestals and other sustaining and protecting fixtures to be owned and used by the petitioner, along, across, over and under the above listed streets (see above attachments).
On July 26th Selectboard member Edith Morgan, along with PBLMP members John Kowaleski and John Rowell attended a presentation by Charter Communications in Worcester on Charter's plan for its video service. During that time, they also asked several questions about the status of the network deployment. Please click here for a copy of their notes from the meeting.
Massachusetts Broadband Institute (the MBI) Information:
The MBI is a partner with the Town of Princeton, given that Charter has secured 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 completed "make-ready" project.
Updated as of: August 21, 2018