Block Island Times

Broadband project coming into focus

In a manner not unlike watching a photograph slowly come into focus and emerge with more detail and clarity, the members of the Block Island Broadband Committee are setting aside some ancillary tasks while putting the primary pieces together to get the project on the ballot for the Financial Town Meeting in May.
Project managers Amy Land and Michelle Spero first met with the team put together by Sertex, the company that will be charged with designing and installing the internet network. It was an introductory meeting with the vendors, one that Spero and Land said went very well.
“The team Sertext has put together is exceptionally capable and will be a cohesive team and help us work through the details of the project,” said Spero, who is also the town’s IT specialist. Spero said the initial talks were particularly productive given that no one, as of yet, knows how much the island-wide internet project will cost, and also given the fact that the contract will not be awarded to Sertex unless it is approved at the Financial Town Meeting.
“We went through all the sections of their proposal, all

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