Town Wins Court Case Allowing it to Build Fiber Network

CheeseMan42 - June 3, 2009 04:20PM in Internet

A small town in Minnesota has won what could be an important court case against the local telephone provider, Bridgewater. The city of Monticello decided to sell bonds in order to build an advanced fiber internet network that would benefit all citizens with access to high speed internet. The main complaint from Bridgewater was that the use of bonds was illegal as they can only be used for a variety of reasons, including building of utilities. The ruling handed down by an appeals court was that internet is indeed a utility, and the project will be able to continue. However, while the case was tied up in court, Bridgewater built its own fiber network to provide fast internet speeds to the residents, making the town wonder if finishing the fiber network makes sense financially.