Holland voters to decide on building fiber internet network


HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Holland is working to connect more people to high-speed internet.

In a unanimous decision, the city council voted to present a millage proposal on the Aug. 2 primary ballot. Voters will decide if they want to expand broadband internet.

“We’re not a city where there necessarily aren’t options but what we have found is sometimes those options are costly and that there’s not as much competition as our residents would like to see and it’s not as fast as our residents would like to see it,” City Manager Keith Van Beek said.

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Building a fiber network is difficult, and Springs Utilities’ internet project already has competition | News



John Cinelli, CEO of Metronet, spoke at a news conference last month in Colorado Springs.

Ben Kley says he’s kept a skeptical eye on the flurry of fiber internet project announcements in Colorado Springs.

Kley, president of StratusIQ — the first company to offer “fiber to the home” and gig-speed internet to residents and businesses in the Springs, back in 2007 — says building citywide fiber networks in the terrain of the Rocky Mountains is not a simple or cheap process. 

“The easy part is putting out the press release,” says Kley. “If this was easy, then the

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