Superior City Council approves their own public broadband network
Monday, the Superior City Council approved an ordinance that has made broadband internet a public utility.
This means that they can go through with the construction of their own broadband internet service for their residents to sign up for. Giving them, what the city says, affordable and efficient internet access.
Slow and expensive internet has been a major problem for the people living there. One Superior resident voiced her concern about her internet access with Brightspeed in the council public hearing. Saying, “Bright speed can provide 10 megabytes of speed for us, which we never see. We usually track 5 to 6 if we are lucky. A lot of times we don’t see internet through Brightspeed they just drop it… So needless to say internet access in our neighborhood is awful.”
Having broadband as a public utility was the project’s final step before the could start construction. Now Mayor Paine says that construction can start in the spring.
He says, “we made broadband a utility so that we can begin constructing and actually provide high speed, reliable, and most importantly affordable internet to everybody in the city.”
Residents will be able to choose to be on the city’s internet service when it is completed.