Wilton Gets $33,500 State Grant To Connect To High-Speed Internet

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WILTON, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a series of grants that will help Wilton connect to the state's high speed Internet network. 

Malloy has approved a series of grants to assist municipalities throughout Connecticut with the infrastructure costs associated with connecting their town governments to the state’s Nutmeg Network and extending its availability to include all municipal services, according to a press release.

The Wilton grant is for $33,500 for Wilton Town Hall Complex at 238 Danbury Road. The grants also include $19,900 for Ridgefield Town Hall at 100 Hill Road, $16,700 for Ridgefield Town Hall at 400 Main St., according to the release.

The Nutmeg Network is the state’s fiber-optic infrastructure that delivers reliable, high-speed internet access to its members throughout Connecticut. Already offered to schools, libraries and emergency services around the state, Malloy said that expanding its availability to include all municipal services will "help towns, cities and regional councils of governments (COGs) achieve additional cost savings while sharing services and improving efficiency," according to the release.

“As technology improves, government services continue to move online as a way of improving responsiveness to our state’s citizens and increasing efficiency,” Malloy said. “Expanding the availability of the Nutmeg Network to now include all types of municipal services is one way the state can help municipalities reduce their own costs while eliminating overlap.”

Extending the use of the network was an initiative developed from Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey’s Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission, Malloy said in the release. That group, whose members include a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, "has been studying ways to encourage all levels of government to collaborate on initiatives that produce efficiencies and cost-savings while eliminating redundancy," according to the release.

“The MORE Commission is about lowering costs at the local level and ultimately reducing the growing property tax burden on families,” Sharkey said. “Offering full access to the Nutmeg Network is part of an equation that gives the kinds of tools to our towns that will help them better meet their budget challenges and provide improved services to residents.”

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p54, I heard they spent 500,000 for the fiber project so far. Call it 'sunk costs!" I also heard they included another 100,000 dollars in the current year expense budget to prove bonding isn't the only way they can waste money. Now along comes a state grant (more of your tax money) adding to the spending they love to do. I wonder if brennan would have spent us to the poor house if it were his own money!

Alethiologist, do you really expect there to be any sort of long term systems plan in the town? Have you ever met the IT staff? That fiber project was probably in the top-10 of ill-conceived, poorly thought out, and out-of-date projects they have ever come up with. Right up there with installing video cameras in town hall (I guess I lot of terrorists and thieves come through the building).

How does this grant mesh with Brennan's defeated plan to spend a million bucks on fiber optics?