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Connecting Duluth

Enabling competition

Making Internet Affordable for Everyone

Top 6 Priorities of Connecting Duluth

Priority #1 - Improve Affordability
Priority #2 - Improve Network Reliability & Performance (Speed) 
Priority #3 - Solve the Digital Divide in Duluth
Priority #4 - Foster Economic Development
Priority #5 - Foster Competition in Services
Priority #6 - Create Local Resilience

Guiding Principles, Objectives and Goals

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Mayor Emily Larson is exploring the feasibility of deploying community owned fiber optic infrastructure throughout the city.  We are now at a point in the process where we need to know whether this is something the residents of Duluth would be interested in and would support.  If this initiative goes forward, the project would be developed with the following principles and objectives:

1.   Residents are not required to participate. Participation would be on a voluntary, opt-in basis.

2.   The ongoing operation of the network would be self-sustaining and not dependent on any kind of subsidy

       from the City.


Primary goals for this infrastructure initiative include the following:

>   Significantly increase the speed and reliability of internet access.

>   Lower the cost of internet access for both residents and businesses.

>   Increase competition giving residents and businesses multiple choices of new Internet Service Providers.

      (4 – 5 new options).

>   Build a state-of-the-art network that will improve economic development and foster innovation.

>   Leverage the network to improve the services provided in the city including public safety, transportation, 

      healthcare, education, emergency communications, transactive energy (smart grid) and new services that

      will become possible with advanced network infrastructure.