Monticello ripple in Northfield

I’ve been wondering about the impact the recent Monticello lawsuit would have on other communities interested in installing fiber. (In short, Monticello started to design/deploy FTTH; the local ISP is suing to stop them.)

Ross Currier, blogger from Northfield, has helped answer that question. He wrote a post earlier this week remarking that Northfield has been looking into fiber as a public utility – but since that’s the root of the Monticello lawsuit, he suggests a wait and see policy.

Most folks consider the lawsuit in Monticello to be unfounded – but the impact is clearly spreading.

The comments on the blog post are also interesting. It seems as if there is a need for improvement in Northfield but that readers understand the need for a financially conservative approach.

(Northfield received funding from Blandin for an open access feasibility study. Last I heard they were moving forward and looking for someone to help spearhead the study.)

This entry was posted in FTTH, MN, Policy, Rural by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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