In November, voters in Holland, Michigan may be voting on a referendum to authorize the City to expand its open access fiber network to the entire community.
Holland already operates a fiber network in the city's central business district. A recent survey showed strong support from the community's 33,000 residents for a network expansion.
“Similar to public ownership of city streets, the proposed publicly-owned broadband network would be Open Access, encouraging internet companies to offer fast internet for less,” Holland BPW General Manager Dave Koster said in a utility statement. “Given the success of our pilot project downtown, we are confident we can manage the infrastructure reliably and pass along the savings to our customer-owners.” -- as reported by WHTC radio on their website
The Holland City Council has directed staff to prepare draft language for the general election ballot on November 8, 2022.
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