Monthly archives: January, 2019

Additional 5G concerns

Is 5G a good reason for Northampton not to build a community network? In previous posts we started to examine the 5G issue. There is some confusion about what 5G means. To some, 5G has to do with WiFi, specifically the 5Ghz spectrum that you can use on a local wireless network. The WiFi specification …

Fiber is forever

Matthew Crocker of Crocker Communications is on our email list. Crocker was kind enough to come to some of our early meetings last year. Crocker does a lot of work creating and maintaining community networks in Massachusetts and elsewhere. We asked Matt about whether 5G technology would be an adequate substitute for a community network. …

Why net neutrality is important

Northampton High-speed Community Network Coalition founder Mark Hamill of Florence discusses why net neutrality is important. A community network can provide true net neutrality. Comcast has petitioned the FCC to end net neutrality, which it did last year. Comcast is free to give a better quality of service to sites that pay it more money, …

Updated strategy

Our coalition met last night and talked about an updated strategy. In general, we feel we are on the right track. We have at least 460 signatures on our petition (311 electronic) — thanks so much to all who have signed! If you haven’t please sign electronically. The link is on our website. We’ve done …

Would 5G make a community network unnecessary?

Note: This post has been updated January 27, 2019 to correct some information. We’ve gotten some feedback that emerging 5G wireless technology would make a community network unnecessary. Is this true? Currently, Comcast/Xfinity has a virtual lock on high-speed Internet in Northampton. It offers Internet to the home over its cable network, as well as …