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Things are heating up, and we need all the help we can get with the final phase of bringing high-speed Internet to our town: connecting homes. Help make history in Becket by bringing your
talents to our team as a Becket Broadband volunteer. Intrigued? Click the button to learn more.
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 the current network construction that you can enjoy this 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 (fiber connection) to the majority of homes in town. Drops can run into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars in cost—so don't delay! Act now!
Becket's high-speed fiber network design is subdivided into ten Fiber Service Areas or FSAs. Construction of our network is progressing swiftly. (See the latest update, below.) Individual drops begin at the completion of each FSA. Drops in our first-built fiber service area, FSA02, are going in now. The next FSA in the build sequence, FSA01, will be next.
Regardless of which FSA you live in, once you've signed up, you will be contacted at the appropriate time to schedule the connection to your home or any preparations it may require.
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.
Becket Broadband is currently seeking volunteers to help move things along during this very exciting—and busy—time. Wouldn't you like to be a part of it all? Click HERE to learn more about this great opportunity to pitch in.
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.
Explore the various pages of our site by clicking on the shortcuts at the top of each page. And be sure to stay informed of key developments by subscribing to our email list, below.
Construction, testing, and certification of network fiber are essentially complete in FSA02, and installation of individual home connections to the network ("drops") are under way. If you've signed up for service but haven't yet received a phone call to schedule your drop consultation, you will soon.
FSA01 nears completion, where consultations with underground-drop subscribers are in progress. With strand, cable, and MSTs in place (the device at which each network drop originates at a pole on the street), fiber splicing is next for this FSA, and testing and certification is currently targeted for the end of June with drops beginning shortly thereafter.
Progress continues in FSA05—third in our construction sequence. Much of the strand and fiber are up as well as many MSTs. Early to mid-August is the expected completion time frame for this FSA, and drops to homes there will begin soon after.
Next up: FSA09, where strand is now being placed on poles and for which completion is currently expected in mid-October—again, with home connections to follow. Be sure to click on the FSA Map shortcut at the top of this page for a bird's-eye view of all of our town's fiber service areas and to determine which FSA you're in.
As construction of our fiber network works its way across town, you may see a crew working down a nearby main street only to continue right past your street. The crews have a specific build order that they need to follow. Not to worry; they'll be back.
You may have noticed by now that the network construction process will involve work beginning in one FSA even as work in another FSA is still nearing completion. Yes, the various construction phases are staggered in time among FSAs and will sometimes even run three deep. 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.
Fiber Service Area 02 has substantially completed construction at the network level, and individual home connections are under way.
Testing and certification are next for Fiber Service Area 01,
the second FSA in our network construction sequence.
Crews are already well into Fiber Service Area 05, where strand, fiber, and MSTs have been going up for several weeks, now.
Strand is currently going up on the poles in Fiber Service Area 09. Next the crews will attach the network fiber cable and mount the MSTs.