Baltimore City Council president wants to explore municipal broadband

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The scene at City Council’s broadband hearing in 2016. Photo by Stephen Babcock.

Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young is looking to put net neutrality and municipal broadband on the agenda at City Hall.

On Monday, Young is expected to introduce a trio of resolutions surrounding internet-related issues. Each is aimed at ensuring internet access.

One of the measures calls for a study into the viability of a publicly-owned broadband network in Baltimore. Specifically, the study calls for the Department of Information and Technology, Department of Finance and Department of Transportation to explore a citywide program.

“Such a program could ensure high-speed Internet access to citizens at an affordable price,” Young’s office states. “San Francisco recently completed a successful municipal broadband study that explored various public-private financing options.”

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