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Local organization Springs-Net, which is working toward bringing a municipal broadband network to Yellow Springs, will present a forum, “Building a Municipal Fiber Network in Yellow Springs,” on Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., at the Miami Valley Educational Computer Association. The forum will provide community members with insights on the advantages of having a municipal broadband network that would translate into high-speed, affordable Internet access in Yellow Springs. Springs-Net posits that, by optimizing Internet access with fiber, the Village would address strategic, economic, communication and municipal service goals.

The “Fiber Forum” seeks to engage residents and learn more about their interests in a community fiber initiative. Village Council has tasked the Community Access Panel with exploring a municipally-owned fiber optic network, and Springs-Net is collaborating with CAP to develop and implement a plan that will support all Yellow Springs citizens and encourage economic development.

The first segment of the forum will feature municipal broadband network experts, including presentations from Bart Winegar of Connect Ohio; Deb Socia of Next Century Cities; Dana McDaniel of Dubnet; Chris Mitchell from the Institute for Local Self Reliance; Gregg Dunn of IceMiller Strategies; Jeremy Pietzoid from the City of Sandy, Ore.; Thor Sage of MVECA and Corning Inc. A roundtable lunch will follow the brief presentations, during which facilitators from Village Mediation will help to gather input from citizens about what a community fiber project might look like.

The event is free and open to the public, and those who pre-register at http://www.yellow-springs.net/seminar will receive a free lunch.

For more information about Springs-Net, visit http://www.yellow-springs.net.

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