From unserved to connected: Leverett’s fiber-optic system a model for rural towns | The Berkshire Eagle | Pittsfield

While Leverett shows that towns can successfully build, own and operate broadband networks, LeverettNet’s leaders caution that every community must set its own goal, then take smart and careful steps to reach it. They say the $40,000 they spent to plan their system, a bill paid by the state, determined those objectives.One principle the town followed was to put the system’s operation in the hands of three outside vendors — and then to monitor their performance closely. LeverettNet has no paid staff. “We just aren’t big enough to do all the things that have to be done,” said Powers.

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