Milton Twp. residents demand high-speed internet

Published 6:56 pm Monday, March 5, 2012

Milton Township residents are asking, “Why not us?”

Many of the rural areas of the township don’t have access to high-speed internet coverage, but the township board is trying to change that.

Supervisor Robert Benjamin said he has fielded many calls recently from residents complaining about not having access to an internet provider.

So Benjamin met with Comcast last month about the possibility of expanding service within Milton Township. Benjamin and Milton Zoning Administrator Paul Sniadecki outlined to Comcast the township’s 46 percent population growth in the 2010 U.S. Census.

“The township is trying to stress to Comcast there is an interest for them to expand,” Benjamin said.

Benjamin is pushing for expanded services to Worrell Street, Beebe Road and Leet Road.

When he took office three years ago, Benjamin met with Comcast about expanding its service in Milton.

“At the time, they said there was no money for expansion,” Benjamin said. “Now we need them to expand in some of our more rural residential areas. A lot of people have moved here and need those services.”

Comcast officials told the township it will review the situation and give a response by the end of the month.

In the mean time, Benjamin is encouraging residents to contact Comcast requesting expansion. Comcast officials can be reached at (219) 465-4156.