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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.
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.
Meantime, network construction is underway in FSA (Fiber Service Area) 02. (See the latest update, below). Individual drops (network home connections) will begin at the completion of each FSA, which means that homes in this first-built fiber service area should start getting connected in the spring of 2021.
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. 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. 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 home is in.
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.
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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 in the near future 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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Fiber Service Area 02 is where construction of our fiber network began and continues presently.
Fiber Service Area 01 is next up in our network construction sequence.
Construction of our town's fiber network began in November with workers hanging the mechanical strand—to which the fiber itself is attached—between telephone poles on roads in FSA02. By mid-January of this year the strand for the FSA was essentially complete, and the attachment of the fiber cable itself is nearing completion. There have even been some forays into FSA01 (next in our sequence).
Soon, placement of MSTs (Multiport Service Terminals) will begin in FSA02; these are the pole-mounted break-out boxes where individual home connections attach to the network. Fiber splicing, testing, and network certification will be the final three phases. After that, hopefully in early spring, individual home connections, also called "drops," can begin in this FSA. So far winter weather has delayed things a bit but no more than might be expected.
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.
Just a few weeks from now the process begins in earnest in FSA01, which is the next Fiber Service Area in our network construction sequence. Strand hanging will wend its way through FSA01 even as construction continues toward completion in FSA02.
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.