Wilton receives $33,500 Nutmeg Network grant

The Nutmeg Network is a go for the town of Wilton.

On Thursday, May 22, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced his approval of grants — totaling $1,787,620 — to assist Connecticut municipalities with the infrastructure costs associated with connecting to the fiber-optic state network.

The $33,500 grant Wilton will receive will cover the costs not only of connecting the town government to the Nutmeg Network but also of the extension of availability to include all municipal services.

Connecticut’s Nutmeg Network delivers reliable high-speed Internet access to its members throughout the state, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The Nutmeg Network is already offered to schools, libraries and emergency services. Mr. Malloy said expanding its availability to all municipal services will bring cost savings and improved efficiency.

“As technology improves, government services continue to move online as a way of improving responsiveness to our state’s citizens and increasing efficiency,” said the governor.

“Expanding the availability of the Nutmeg Network to now include all types of municipal services is one way the state can help municipalities reduce their own costs while eliminating overlap.”

The initiative to extend the Nutmeg Network was developed by members of House Speaker Brendan Sharkey’s Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission, according to the governor.

“The MORE Commission is about lowering costs at the local level and ultimately reducing the growing property tax burden on families,” said Mr. Sharkey.

“Offering full access to the Nutmeg Network is part of an equation that gives the kinds of tools to our towns that will help them better meet their budget challenges and provide improved services to residents.”