Tonight we learned the City and BPW’s proposal for city-wide broadband: A 10 Gbps fiber-to-the-home network to every address in the city.
They proposed funding construction with a millage (up to 1.5 mills) and then a low monthly service cost.
How low? We have a calculator for that. If you live in a $300,000 home, ($150k taxable value), then your total out-of-pocket cost (millage + gigabit service) could be $60!
To get there, we need to pass a millage as a city. This would go on the August 2 ballot. Then, it would likely be another year before construction would happen.
Tonight’s presentation and supporting documents have a lot of detail, that we’ll unpack in the coming days. There are still a lot to do, and a lot of help will be needed. In the meantime, BPW has started releasing info on their website. Stay tuned for more, as things are getting exciting!