The City of Bridgeport is working on a potential pilot program that would give residents connection to the Internet with speeds up to 200 times faster than the system they are currently running on.
The program will connect 100 homes and other businesses to a high speed fiber network. The City Council is taking action on Monday evening with a $100,000 budget revision that will fund the project. This funding will cover the cost of materials and equipment for powering the new system.
â€œThe City of Bridgeport has always been at the forefront of economic development initiatives. We believe that access to high quality, affordable Internet has become an essential tool for economic development, enabling the city to better recruit businesses and residents to our city,â€ said Bridgeport City Manager, Kim Haws.
This project is underway to help residents in the city have better access to meet their technology needs. This is also underway to offer better service to businesses, enhance community safety and emergency capabilities, expand healthcare services and provide for future educational opportunities.
During the pilot program, Citynet, will partner with the city to provide maintenance for the network at no extra cost.
The program area will consist on the following streets: Vista, Valley, Village, and part of Ridgeway Street. Residents can sign up for this until the January 1, 2015 deadline for a fee ranging from $5 to $75. The fees will be used to help fund the material and equipment costs.
If you would like more information, call Bridgeport City Clerk, Andrea Kerr at 304-842-8233.