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Westminster calls for proposals on city-wide fiber network construction

Westminster is requesting proposals to begin construction on the first phase of a planned city-wide fiber network to connect approximately 9,000 homes and 500 businesses.

The first phase of the network was approved in 2013 and includes two business

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adjacent to the Carroll County Regional Airport as well as a residential community on the west side of town, according to a news release from the City of Westminster.

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The project is expected to break ground this summer, according to the release, and the goal is to deliver enhanced broadband services at a lower cost compared to other delivery methods.

The city has budgeted an additional $6.3 million for Fiscal Year 2015 to begin building the city-wide network.

Earlier this month, Council President Robert Wack said the city plans to learn from the pilot project before moving forward with more phases.

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