At its regular meeting last week, the Troy Town Board got an update on a broadband system for high-speed Internet that will be installed throughout the town by late fall or early winter 2011.

As has been reported, Troy was granted $4.5 million to bring fiber-optic broadband service to every home in the town with the help of the Baldwin Telecom Inc. (BTI) group.

There will be no cost to town residents for bringing the fiber optic cables right up to and into their homes, with one caveat -- the homes must be prepped for the cabling prior to the cables being laid.

The "pre-work" to the homes will not be paid for by the stimulus grant, and must be completed by May 2011 in order to receive free broadband.

The pre-work for installation includes drilling a hole in the outside of the home for the cable to run though, installing wall mounts for signal converter boxes (the boxes will be provided free) and an open 110-outlet.

Interested citizens can see what this would look like at the Troy Town Hall, 654 Glover Road.

For more on this story, check the Dec. 21 print edition of the River Falls Journal.