Baxter City Council Voice Concerns Regarding Possible Internet Disruptions

Baxter City Council Voice Concerns Regarding Possible Internet Disruptions

February 7, 2021 News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

Changes expected later this summer from the Federal Communications Commission could have significant negative effects for internet connectivity for Baxter residents.

Council member John Ward said, “There are a whole lot of people in the city of Baxter in our whole area that are going to lose their internet.”

With state and federal funding available for broadband expansion, Ward recommended the topic be discussed in greater length with the council. City Administrator Brad Chapulis said he is getting information from CTC on the topic.

Regarding the residential construction, Ward told the council during the Tuesday, February 4th, Zoom meeting, a constituent raised the issue of the fees.

Money is set aside until a house passes city inspections and receives a certification that it is ready to be occupied.

“But what happens is the contractors need the money right away,” Ward said.

Ward recommended a discussion to look at the process and when that money could be released to the contractors. The rest of the council agreed to have those conversations.