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5/3/15 TheDay: Op-Ed by Telecom Attorney Glenn Carberry of Norwich
Bureaucracy, outdated regulations challenge broadband ‘railroad’

The author's experience in telecom explains that a broadband railroad is unlikely to be built throughout Connecticut anytime soon. The Central Pacific Railroad laid 10 miles of track in a single record day in 1869. By comparison, it can still take up to 90 days for a 21st century company to install broadband fiber on 8 to 10 existing poles to serve a single customer.
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz host event for state and municipal officials, including Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Senate President Martin Looney, Senate Appropriations Chairman Beth Bye, Energy & Technology Chair Representative Lonnie Reed, to discuss effort to bring Gig internet to the State.

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Office of Consumer Counsel & City of New Haven Forum:
                Moving Toward a Gigabit State
CT-N Video: Most viewers find Internet Explorer works best . . .      
Then,  "Watch Now"  and click on "To Watch This Video in Windows Media Format"
Moving Toward a Gigabit State Agenda (with timings for speakers on CT-N video)  
April 20, 2015 - NYTimes Editorial, “Look to the States on Broadband” - Faster Internet speeds are becoming a necessity, and governments are trying to push for improvements.  
           “In Connecticut, the Office of Consumer Counsel, which represents residents in utility rate cases, is working with cities like New Haven, West Hartford and Stamford to develop a project called CTGig. Officials say local governments will contract with a private business to build and operate a fiber-optic network. The private company will invest its own money and make a profit by allowing other businesses to use the network to sell Internet service to users.”
The Times Editorial cites to Broadband Communities Magazine article:

April 7, 2015 - - At Least One State has a (Fiber) Backbone.  Who’s on track to get citizens high-speed Internet?  Hint: it’s the only state with the word “connect” in its name.
May 27, 2015 - CT Mirror Google Hangout chat with Consumer Counsel, AARP, and Acadia Center on variable electric rates and electric rate cap -

May 4, 2015 - State, telecom industry clash over gigabit network expansion - Hartford Business Journal
April 28, 2015 - OUR VIEW: Action on energy: Needed now! - Bristol Press
March 26, 2015 - Some customers say, they're 'legally robbed' by deregulated power - Al Jazeera America