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Becket Broadband is a part of WiredWest, working with Whip City Fiber to build a fiber-optic network that will bring light-speed Internet to your town. Soon this service will be available to every home and business in Becket.
Construction of our fiber network has begun. During construction sign-up will be under way for those who want Internet and/or digital phone service. Residents who sign up for service during this early sign-up period will be eligible for a subsidy to cover some, if not all, of the cost to connect their homes to the network.
Each subscriber will have an opportunity to review how the connection to the house has been designed as well as to learn about all available options and what the estimated cost will be. In most cases, due to the subsidy, there will be no cost to the subscriber for this connection.
We fully expect that you’ll love Becket’s high-speed Internet. Please apply today so we know that you are interested. We look forward to having you as a customer.
By signing up you are applying for service through WiredWest/Whip City Fiber and requesting a connection to the Becket Broadband Fiber Network. Any homeowner not satisfied with either the cost or the specifics of the proposed installation can rescind their application at any time prior to the actual installation without penalty.
Be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for answers to many questions you may have about the installation process and services offered.
We've learned that many of you who paid a deposit with Wired West a few years back or took our broadband survey more recently are under the impression that, having done so, you have signed up for Becket Broadband Internet service. THIS IS NOT THE CASE!
In order to have your home connected to our new fiber network and enjoy broadband Internet service, you MUST sign up through our Whip City Fiber portal.
Folks thinking that they're all signed up without having visited our official Whip City Fiber sign-up page have likely never visited this website and are difficult for us to reach and inform. We sure could use your help getting the word out.
Please tell your friends and neighbors in Becket that they must sign up through our official Whip City Fiber sign-up page in order to get connected to our broadband network—not to mention enjoy up to a $2000 subsidy toward their installation!
Sign-up for Becket Broadband's fiber network, offering high-speed Internet and digital phone service for the first time to Becket residents, is well underway in 2021. Sign up today using the link, above. Note that if you made a $49 deposit to WiredWest circa 2015, that amount plus interest will be credited against the charges on your first bill.
Remember that it's only during network construction that you can enjoy the time-limited period in which to 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 to the majority of homes in town.
Becket's high-speed fiber network design is subdivided into ten Fiber Service Areas or FSAs. Network construction is complete in FSA02, save for testing and certification. (See the latest update, below.) Individual drops (network home connections) will begin at the completion of each FSA, which means that connections to homes in this first-built fiber service area could start in early May. The next FSA in the build sequence, FSA01, now has all of its network fiber hung and is, itself, nearing completion of the physical plant.
Regardless of which FSA you live in, once you've signed up, you will be contacted when we are ready to schedule the connection to your home.
Our network construction is following a predetermined sequence of FSAs: 02, 01, 05, 09, 08, 06, 07, 04, 10, 03. 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) technical requirements of the network. 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 home is in.
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Fiber Service Area 02 is where construction of our fiber network began and is currently substantially complete.
Crews are making good progress in Fiber Service Area 01, the next in our network construction sequence.
Construction of our town's fiber network began in November with FSA (Fiber Service Area) 02. There have been several weather-related delays, but the Sertex construction crews have been working hard to make up for lost time.
All the fiber is up in FSA02, the MSTs (pole-mounted Multiport Service Terminals from which the home connections, or "drops," will originate) have been hung, and all that's left is testing and certification before individual drops commence in that FSA—hopefully, in early May.
We can also report swift progress in FSA01, where all the strand and fiber is up, and MST installation is nearing completion. Testing and certification of this FSA is currently targeted for late June, and drops should begin shortly thereafter.
Some in town have been worried to see a crew working down an adjacent main street only to continue right past their street. The crews have a specific build order that they need to follow. Not to worry; they'll be back.
As mentioned, the fiber network in FSA02 continues toward completion even as work in FSA01, the second in the build sequence, proceeds. It's this multitasking, "leap-frog" approach to the network build-out that, barring unforeseen circumstances, will allow the crews to complete the fiber network along our over-one-hundred-miles of town roads for a summer 2022 finish.