Joshua DeVries

Set the record straight on fiber internet

On June 23, Ted Bolema wrote an opinion piece regarding the August 2 fiber optic internet mileage. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify why fiber internet is an essential investment for the city of Holland.

Mr. Bolema is a board member of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The group has links and financing with large companies. Be careful when people tell you how to vote.

After:My take: How does Holland think its Internet service will succeed where so many others have failed?

Mr Bolema said we had access to “at least a dozen private sector internet providers”. If you’ve ever purchased internet service, you know that’s not realistic. In reality, people in the Netherlands often only have one company that can provide high-speed internet to their home. It’s not competition, it’s a monopolistic market, which has resulted in high prices and poor service.

Joshua DeVries

The Holland Board of Public Works, a non-profit organization created to act in the best interests of its customers, would build the fiber internet infrastructure. By investing in a local utility like HBPW, residents of the Netherlands benefit from low utility rates, high service reliability and the ability to attract investment from large employers. With over 30 years of experience in building and operating fiber infrastructure, HBPW has also been providing fiber service in Holland’s city center since 2016 for local residents, schools, hospitals and employers. .

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