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Wojcik Floats Idea of City Built Fiber Network

Created: 07/17/2014 6:43 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With advances in technology, internet access is deeply integrated into our daily lives and one local city council member is trying to revamp our current internet options.

Michael Wojcik is working to propose an infrastructure that would support a broadband network, creating more competition in the community.

  

"There should be competition here. By having just one main local such as charter, you're stuck. If they raise their prices you gotta go with that," said Lloyd Reimers.

As of right now, Charter Communications is the only local company with a broadband network in the area. 

"Ultimately, what I'm really trying to do is get some competition in broadband so we have higher quality and better prices in Rochester," said Wojcik.

"Very happy Charter customer, they've always been very responsive. I like the service a lot but it would be nice to have competition and maybe we could get some better pricing," said Jerry Casper.

Charter Communications responded to the possibility of a community based broadband service.

“Charter has always demonstrated the ability to thrive in a competitive environment.  We are focused on meeting the needs of our customers through our advanced product offerings and customer service.  Charter continues to make significant investments in our network and in the Rochester community, and we look forward to continuing this in the future,” said Charter Communications. 

According to Senator Al Franken, this is a statewide issue.

"These incumbent carriers have been fighting a battle through state legislatures to stop municipal broadband, and that's wrong. The more competition, the better," said Franken.

As of right now, the plan is just in the works.

"The public needs to contact their city council members… if you get three more votes on the city council we will do something serious to take on the charter monopoly."

Wojcik did propose the idea a few years ago, but said he would be willing to take it up again if the community is in support of the idea.

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