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Town to enter talks with broadband vendor

The Block Island Broadband Committee has approved entering into contract discussions with Sertex, a Connecticut-based company specializing in building internet infrastructure, for the proposed island-wide high-speed internet project. The committee also has extended the services of Mission Broadband, which has been consulting with the committee on the island-wide broadband network.
These recommendations were forwarded to the Town Council, which approved both measures at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Both Town Finance Director Amy Land, and IT Specialist Michele Spero, were careful to emphasize that there wasn’t, at this point, a projected cost attached to the high-speed project.
“Cost will be a consideration,” said Land. “I was hoping to have a piece of paper in front of you about cost, but I don’t.” She added that the cost of the project “will be viable.”
Land said “we do have numbers from Sertex. I understand it’s frustrating to not have the number in your head,” but said that pricing out the project is a complicated process.
The committee is targeting the next Financial Town Meeting for the final vote on the project, at which time the cost

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