When Hudson, Ohio, businesses couldn't get the connectivity they needed from the incumbent cable and telephone companies, the local government stepped up to provide what it calls a “service” rather than a “utility.” Hudson City Manager Jane Howington joins me this week to explain their approach in Episode 181 of the Community Broadband [no-glossary]Bits[/no-glossary] podcast.
Hudson has a municipal electric utility already and is now investing in a fiber optic network to connect local businesses. Branded “Velocity,” and launched earlier this year, the network is exceeding expectations thus far in terms of local business interest.
City Manager Howington and I discuss how they decided to build a network, their incremental approach, and how they will know if they are successful in coming years.
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