- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State lawmakers will hear testimony on legislation aimed at speeding up the development of ultra, high-speed, broadband Internet across Connecticut.

The General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday on the bill, which is co-sponsored by Senate President Martin Looney and other Democratic senators. The legislation calls for facilitating the rapid development of gigabit Internet infrastructure in cities and towns across the state.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is supporting the bill. CCM said the legislation will complement the progress made so far with the state’s Nutmeg Network, which provides high-speed Internet access to many cities and towns.

Both State Comptroller Kevin Lembo and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp also planned to voice support for the bill at Tuesday’s public hearing.

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