New Britain announces plans to expand high-speed internet access

NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) – New Britain is trying to bridge the digital divide by building a high-speed fiber optic internet network across its city.

The $6 million project is made possible with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, not municipal tax money.

Mayor Erin Stewart said there was always a need for high-speed internet access in New Britain, but it was really the pandemic that made it a need.

“Our children and students have had to adapt to online learning, but one of the things we’ve seen is that our students don’t have access to affordable, high-quality internet,” said Stewart said.

New Britain will become the first community in the state to partner with GoNetspeed in a partnership to bring reliable internet to residents.

The company participates in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program which provides eligible households with up to $30 per month for the service.

“Everything is 100% fiber-based, it’s future-proof, there’s nothing faster than fiber, and it comes at an affordable price, bringing competition into the market. “said Tom Perrone, COO of GoNetspeed.

With setup fees waived, free routers, and plans starting at $39.99 per month, GoNetspeed hopes to attract many more cities and towns with their affordable prices.

“We are trying to work with all the cities, we think now is the time, the government and the public are looking for this high-speed infrastructure, there is money associated with building it, so we are talking with everyone “, says Perron.

The project will start in January 2023 and will take about six months to set up. After that, 175 miles of fiber will run through town ready for use.

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