Showcasing economics that look a little like stadium deals for pro sports teams, the Massachusetts city of New Marlborough will have to come up with $720,000 if it wants Charter Communications to build a broadband network serving its citizens—a network Charter will then own and monetize going forward. 

As reported by local paper The Berkshire Eagle, under a proposal issued last week by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, which uses state money to kickstart broadband projects in Massachusetts, Charter would be paid $3.1 million to build a network serving 96% of New Marlborough residents. 

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