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County broadband has five proposals

The Middlesex Broadband Authority (MBA) has received five proposals to develop and deploy broadband internet services in unserved and underserved areas of the county, reported Middlesex County Administrator Matt Walker at the September 5 meeting of the Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS).

The public-private partnership proposals were received in compliance with the Public-Private Education and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA), he explained.

The MBA board met on August 16 to discuss the next steps in reviewing the proposals and the process in general, said Walker. The MBA board, comprised of all five members of the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors, decided to impanel a review committee composed of MBA chair and BOS member Bob Leboeuf, MBA and BOS member Pete Mansfield, Middlesex County Public School (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Peter Gretz, MCPS school information director Steve Dunkel, and Middlesex information technology director Kevin Gentry, and citizen representatives Dr. Elizabeth Young and Lynda Muller. The review panel will meet on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse meeting room to begin the proposal review process. The public is invited. Sandie Terry of the Center for Innovative Technology, will assist the review panel as a consultant.

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posted 09.06.2017

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