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STATUS SUMMARY:

After the 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.

Follwing 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.

On September 13, 2017, after negotiations with Charter the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to approve and sign the Final Cable Television License with Charter.

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 September, Charter's 12-month construction period begins, in accordance with the Final Cable Television License.




RELATED INFORMATION:

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.

On February 2, 2017, Mr. Peter Larkin, MBI Board Chair met with Stan Moss, Chair of the Board of Selectmen, and Nina Nazarian, Town Administrator, providing them with a copy of the MBI's summary on the recent Request for Proposals (RFP) solicited by the MBI. A copy of the presentation can be found by clicking here.

On October 4, 2016, the MBI notified towns that the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the MassTech Collaborative Board of Directors had recently approved a revised Last Mile Program Policy, which updated the previous policy that was approved by these same boards in July of 2015. For a copy of the correspondence and policy sent by the MBI, please click on the link above or click here. According to the MBI's correspondence, the 2015 policy document established the framework with which the MBI would engage with towns as it carried out its goal of constructing a regional, ubiquitous, fiber-to-the-home (“FTTH”) broadband network.

On November 18, 2016, the MBI released a Request for Proposals (RFP) which is a requirement for a company interested in securing the MBI's grant funds. Please click here to be directed to the RFP and other applicable information. The responses for the RFP are due January 11, 2017 to the MBI.

On March 6, 2017 the MBI sent the Town of Princeton, and 5 other communities a letter indicating that Charter was qualified to receive their grant funding. Please click here to view the referenced letter.

Similarly, on March 23, 2017 the MBI sent the Town of Princeton a letter indicating that Comcast was qualified to receive their grant funding. Please click here to view the referenced letter.

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 navegating the state and federal laws for cable francising.


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: September 25, 2017

 

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