At town meeting, Mount Washington voters approve funding for broadband network

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MOUNT WASHINGTON — At this week's special town meeting, voters approved spending about $19,000 to address the town's public broadband network.

The approximately 20 voters — representing 15 percent of the town's 130 registered voters — said yes to transferring $18,938 from the town's stabilization fund, which includes $12,863 to pay broadband ethernet and subscriber fees for the period of November 2017 to June 30, 2018; and $6,075 to pay interest on a broadband-related loan, said Select Board member Gail Garrett.

"It took about four minutes," she said.

The stabilization fund will be reimbursed by broadband subscriber fees, the Finance Committee said in a statement. Mount Washington lit up its broadband network at the end of 2017.

Kristin Palpini can be reached at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com, @kristinpalpini on Twitter, and 413-629-4621.

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