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KENT—The Board of Selectmen has agreed to revitalize the Broadband Subcommittee that was originally formed in 2021 to “explore options, capabilities, and costs to bring broadband to all residents in Town, and to make recommendations to the BOS.” 

That subcommittee appears never to have met.

First Selectman Marty Lindenmayer told his board at its Jan. 22 meeting that he has been approached by several people who would like to see action taken on increasing broadband capabilities in the town.

“I think we need to go back and redo this,” he said. He reported that the town should fit into the state’s plan for high-speed broadband access.

He asked the board’s authorization to ask for short letters of interest from people who would like to serve on the subcommittee. 

The subcommittee would “pursue the digital equity of high-speed internet connectivity for all Kent residents.” Persons on the committee should have some degree of technical background to help in developing a plan to bring broadband access to underserved areas of Kent.

Selectman Lynn Mellis Worthington said she would be willing to work with the subcommittee. She said an allocation of up to $800 should be made to fund its work through the remainder of the fiscal year and that funds also should be budgeted for 2024-25.

Selection of applicants for the subcommittee will be at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen.

Those interested should submit a cover letter and include a short resume of pertinent experience, including any special qualifications. The deadline to apply is Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.

Letters should be sent to Administrative Assistant Joyce Kearns via email; by dropping them off in person via the white drop box at the front entrance to town hall, or by sending them to Kent Town Hall, Attn: Joyce Kerns, P.O. Box 678, Kent, CT 06757.

For more information, call 860-927-4858.

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