Coalition meeting update – next steps

Our coalition met Tuesday night to figure out where to go from here. It’s flattering to be invited by Mayor Narkewicz to help draft the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the city for a formal survey of the Northampton community.  Since we met with the mayor in July, we have provided Antonio Pagan, the City’s …

This small business could use fiber to the home

One of us, Mark Hamill, owns a small business in Florence selling his internet services to clients over the web. Today he encountered an instance where Comcast’s slow upload speeds really slowed him down. Mark pays for Comcast’s “up to” 250 megabits per seconds (mbps) download internet service. The upload speed is much slower than …

Plainfield network construction starts July 15

Plainfield, Massachusetts plans to start construction of its municipal network on July 15th. The network will be built by Whip City Fiber of Westfield, the Municipal Light Plant created by the City of Westfield. All homes signed up should be online by early next year. Note: this information comes from an article on page B1 …

First phase of network study: not quite funded yet

Last Thursday, the Northampton City Council approved Fiscal Year 2020 funding (which starts July 1, 2019) for the city’s departments, including the city’s IT Services Department. That department will presumably be overseeing the study of a municipal network for Northampton. This does not mean that the study’s funding is now approved by the City Council. …

Comcast’s local business rates quantified

Back in March, we provided an idea of the costs for businesses in Northampton to get high-speed Internet service from what is pretty much our sole supplier: Comcast. Now we have more details, thanks to coalition member Ryan. Ryan has spent a lot of time on the phone with Comcast trying to quantify these rates. …

Editorial: The Plainfield advantage

In our last post, we posted that the town of Plainfield, Massachusetts, population under 1000, approved the construction of a municipal network. It should be finished in early 2020. Residents will have 1 gigabit per second fiber to the home for $85/month. There are also business plans, ranging from $100 to $800 per month depending …