Mayor John Hamilton is advocating for high-speed internet access within Bloomington city limits.
The city hosted a symposium Tuesday to talk about the potential for widespread, high-speed internet access for the city.
Officials from Bloomington and Indiana University, as well as national voices attended the symposium and made their case.
The symposium focused on the logistics of implementing a high-speed network in the community, including construction of fiber cabling.
In addition, experts discussed the economic impact it would have on Bloomington and its residents. For example, officials say providing internet to residents would keep graduates from moving to other parts of the country for jobs.
"Residents, young people look for networks when deciding whether to live there" - Elise Kohn— Harrison Wagner (@The_Wagoneer) March 1, 2016
Hamilton has stressed the importance of community-wide high-speed internet since taking office in January. He’s mainly focusing on broadband coverage within the city limits.
“The first focus is how do we serve the 84,000 people in Bloomington with this service, and making sure that we don’t leave anyone behind in the city,” Hamilton says. “I think it’s a good question, if we are able to do that, how do we also extend it wider in the county and the region.”
Hamilton says they are opening up discussions with private companies, such as Smithville, AT&T and Comcast, to see who would be willing to help make this broadband dream a reality.