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Sharon Township Considering Proposal To Improve Internet Infrastructure


May 8th is Election Day in Washtenaw County.  The Ann Arbor Public Schools are seeking renewal of a general operating millage.  Ypsilanti Township is asking for tax support for fire department operations  and has a special election for a Parks Commission position.  As WEMU's Taylor Pinson reports, in Sharon Township, the issue is access to broadband internet service. 

Sharon Township voters are considering a proposal to help pay for building the infrastructure needed to make high-speed broadband internet available in that community.

If the proposal passes it would raise an estimated $4.9 million and increase the local property tax rate by a little over 3.25 mills.

Peter Psarouthakis is the township’s supervisor.  He says they’ve spent the last 5 years trying to get companies like Comcast, AT&T. and others to offer their services to them.

“And they all said ‘no.’  We’re too small, they can’t get a return on their investment within 2 years and that is their business model,” says Psarousthakis.

Psarousthakis says the community needs high speed internet access if it hopes to keep up with the rest of the world.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him

Taylor Pinson is a WEMU news reporter and engineer during WEMU's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.
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