Broadband Task Force

City Manager Richard C. Rossi has appointed a Task Force to examine broadband service in Cambridge and evaluate the city’s internet infrastructure. The Task Force will examine options to increase competition, reduce pricing, and improve speed, reliability and customer service for both residents and businesses. Additionally, the Task Force will investigate scenarios for leveraging the City’s current or future fiber assets to expand access to broadband services, such as service to Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) properties.

Appointed Members of the Public: Ben Compaine, Susan Fleischman, Jerrold Grochow, Ming-Tai Huh, James Lesie, Jason Liss, Patrick McCormick, Ed Naef, Anne Schwieger, Jonathan Speiser, Saul Tannenbaum, Nate Thames, Jacob White, Chris Yu

October 18, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

October 13, 2016
Working Group Meeting

September 22, 2016
Final Task Force Recommendations to City Manager and Tilson Report

September 13, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

August 23, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting (Rescheduled. Date TBD)

August 09, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

June 09, 2016

Broadband Task Force Meeting

June 01, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

May 18, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

April 27, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

April 12, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

March 02, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

January 27, 2016
Broadband Task Force Meeting

November 18, 2015
Broadband Task Force Meeting

October 14, 2015
Interactive Community Forum: Creating Better Broadband in Cambridge

September 16, 2015
Broadband Task Force Meeting

July 30, 2015
Broadband Task Force Meeting

June 23,2015
Tilson hired as Broadband Task Force Consultants

June 17, 2015
Regular Meeting of the Task Force

April 9, 2015
Regular Meeting of the Task Force

February 25, 2015
Regular Meeting of the Task Force

October 15, 2014
Broadband Task Force Members Appointed

The following are tentative meeting dates of the Broadband Task Force. Meeting agendas will be posted on the City's Calendar:

  • July 30, 2015
  • Sep 16, 2015
  • Nov 18, 2015
  • Jan 20, 2016 (Rescheduled to Jan. 27)
  • March 2, 2016
  • March 16, 2016 (Cancelled)
  • April 12, 2016
  • April 27, 2016
  • May 18, 2016
  • June 1, 2016
  • June 9, 2016
  • June 14, 2016 (Cancelled)
  • August 9, 2016
  • August 23, 2016 (Rescheduled. Date TBD)
  • September 13, 2016
  • October 13, 2016
  • October 18, 2016

The work of the Task Force will help to ensure that Cambridge remains a world-class City in which to live, work, innovate and learn. The final report of the committee will assist the City in planning for the future and setting realistic expectations with the public, as creating alternative solutions to single provider internet service can take years to fully implement.

The Task Force will meet every other month for 12 to 18 months and will be charged with:

  • Engaging the broader community, including residents, business and university partners, in understanding their current and future broadband needs;
  • Understanding and documenting existing broadband service in Cambridge – speed, reliability, cost and customer service;
  • Understanding and documenting the existing broadband and fiber infrastructure – both private and public;
  • Examining best practices and models used by other municipalities across the United States to improve access to broadband services;
  • Developing a range of alternatives for improving access to broadband services, including: working with existing providers, increased private competition, a mesh network, a municipal fiber network connected to public housing properties, a municipal fiber backbone throughout the city and a complete municipal broadband network;
  • Evaluating each alternative by conducting an analysis of the level of service provided, cost to customers and to the City, customer service, sustainability and flexibility of the system to adapt to improving technologies;
  • Creating business models for providing internet service that include: funding, cost recovery, governance model, and subscription structure, including options for people with limited ability to pay; and
  • Developing recommendations for leveraging public- private partnerships, including regional initiatives, in achieving alternative access to broadband services.

The task force is comprised of approximately 20 residents, industry professionals and business representatives.

For information about the Broadband Task Force, please contact:

Lee Gianetti
Director of Communications and Community Relations
617-349-3317
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Department Information

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

City Manager:
Louis DePasquale

Deputy City Manager:
Lisa C. Peterson

Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139