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    December 10, 2020

    City exploring feasibility of offering broadband service

    After 76% of voters approved the proposition that allows (but does not require) the City of Bryan to offer broadband internet service, Bryan residents may be wondering “what’s next?”

    The answer is research.

    City staff have been working behind the scenes since early 2020 to learn more about municipally owned broadband services across the country. The city also has two industry consultants assisting with a preliminary design and costing study.

    In January 2021, residents and business owners within the city limits will be asked to complete a survey (available in both English and Spanish) via email and public links on our broadband web page that will be live on Jan 4. Responses will help staff determine the feasibility and interest in city-owned broadband services. This survey will solicit information to help determine customers’ speed and cost expectations, customer service needs, overall satisfaction with current services and other key issues.

    Final results from that survey and a further feasibility study are planned to be presented to the BTU Board of Directors and the Bryan City Council in late spring 2021. Based on that information, the Council will provide further direction on whether the city should continue pursuing providing broadband services.

    Final decisions have not been made, but residents should keep an eye on the city’s website for more information about the broadband initiative as it becomes available over the coming months.

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