While the rest of the nation is seeing a steady growth in the number of community broadband networks, two towns in Massachusetts have decided to exit the business by selling their systems to the nation's largest broadband company, Comcast.
Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) announced its sale on December 2nd and Russell Municipal Cable TV in Springfield, MA announced its deal with Comcast a few days earlier. Both systems are small and were faced with the expense of rebuilding their networks to keep up with growing broadband capacity needs.
Let's hope this isn't part of a larger trend of large corporations attempting to gobble up small independent broadband providers. Comcast, while having a large checkbook, has one of the worst reputations in the industry for customer service.
For more information about the two sales, CLICK HERE to read an article at Fierce Telecom.
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