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We have an official launch date and timeline for construction of our town-owned broadband fiber network.
The Broadband Ad Hoc Committee met with our project manager, Westfield Gas & Electric/Whip City Fiber (WCF), and our construction company, Sertex, on October 14. During this "kick-off" meeting WG&E unveiled their construction plan, including several milestones. Construction is planned to start on November 11th and take approximately eighteen months to complete. Individual drops (network home connections) will begin at the completion of each Fiber Service Area (FSA), which means that homes in the first area (FSA 02) should start getting connected in the spring of 2021.
Our network construction will follow a pre-determined sequence of FSAs. This FSA sequence was determined by the Select Board based on three criteria: 1) lowest rate of Internet access, 2) highest interest in connecting to the network according to our 2019 town survey results, and 3) construction logistics. The first four FSAs to be constructed will be, in order, FSAs 02, 01, 05, and 09. To Find your FSA, visit our FSA Map and enter your address. A map pin will be shown, and you’ll be able to see from the colored overlay which FSA your residence is in.
Sign-up will begin soon. This will begin the limited time in which you can order Becket Broadband Internet and/or phone service and qualify for a subsidy (credit) that will completely cover the costs of installing the network drop (physical connection) to the majority of homes in town. Sign-up will be initiated by WCF. In the coming weeks you will see the sign-up announcement on the website and receive it via email if you're on our emailing list. If you're not on our list and would like to be, please enter your email address in the Stay Informed section below.
A special word to soon-to-be network subscribers in FSA 02: if any portion of your service drop will be underground, expect to be contacted by the Broadband Ad Hoc Group via email or in person to discuss your options.
Be sure to check out our Pricing page, which also contains some general information about the services being offered. For answers to more specific questions, explore our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) shortcuts at the top of this page. The next round of information sessions will be posted to the Events page when it is announced.
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