Rochester has been looking into a municipal network for a while. Back in 2010, the City Council thought about and then decided against a municipal network feasibility study. Then in 2015, Alcatel-Lucent has offered to do a broadband feasibility study for Rochester – for free. That report came out in 2016…
The report included a capital investment of about $53 million on the city’s behalf, a cost that would have to be issued in bonds, raising the total investment to near $67 million.
The further study would investigate whether a city-owned internet service could be sustained in the current market and what options exist for operating the service, which could include adding it to RPU’s lineup, creating a new department or seeking a private entity to provide oversight. …
The additional study discussed Monday would seek to determine whether the local market makes the effort feasible.
Council Member Ed Hruska said he was hoping to have more answers before spending additional city funds on the prospect of municipal broadband.
“I guess I was expecting a little bit more detail,” he said.
The council is expected to consider the funding request during its April 17 meeting [today].