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Springfield Plans Feasibility Study Of Municipal Broadband Network



       The city of Springfield, Massachusetts plans to have a feasibility study done on building a municipal broadband network.

       Exploring a fiber-to-the-home project in Springfield comes at a time when the pandemic has led to more remote work and study and exposed a large digital divide.

       There is now also the availability of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to possibly pay for the infrastructure for the broadband network.

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s office announced the plans for a feasibility study following a meeting with department heads and City Councilor Jesse Lederman, who has been championing the idea.

      Lederman spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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