Work continues on an initiative introduced in Danbury at the end of 2014 called "Connect Hat City". Mayor Mark Boughton says one change is needed to state statute though before low cost internet could be offered in Danbury. A vendor has been selected for the public-private partnership to increase service. Frontier Communication could offer every household in Danbury $15 a month high speed fiber optic internet, without bundling in other services.
Boughton hopes the legislature will be receptive, especially because the idea doesn't cost the state anything. But the change in a state law is needed for Danbury to be able to offer this. Boughton will present the law change to the General Assembly when the new session starts next month.
Boughton says the digital divide is real, and with this low cost option more people will have access to the internet. He says that will help to close the achievement gap for Danbury students.
Boughton also wants to convert street lights to LEDs and install technology to create free WiFi zones for access by students at Naugatuck Valley Community College and WestConn, library patrons and downtown business. Boughton noted that it would be too cost prohibitive to offer free WiFi throughout the City, but that in targeted business corridors and the downtown revitalization zone it makes sense.