Category «Communications»

No news is good news, we think

In July, our coalition was invited by Mayor Narkewicz to help refine a RFP (Request for Proposal) to study the viability of a municipal network for the city. This was shortly after the City Council approved funding for this first study, which is to survey the community. We traded a few emails with Antonio Pagan, …

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 …

Shutesbury municipal network on the way!

Shutesbury, Massachusetts is still stuck in dialup/DSL-land. Comcast long ago decided it wasn’t profitable to wire up the town. But this is changing as the town wires up, thanks in part to the commonwealth’s Wired West initiative. In March 2017, the town voted to create a Municipal Light Plant for the purpose of bringing a …

Plainfield takes steps to build community network. Worthington works on complete coverage of Comcast-built network.

Both Plainfield and Worthington in the hilltowns have been passed over by the internet age. Internet connectivity required dialup modems over telephone lines … so 1990s and sizzling speeds up to 56 kilobits per second. DSL lines are also an option at 128k kilobits per second to 3 megabits per second, depending on how far …

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Northampton and Easthampton should create municipal networks

We missed this editorial in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on March 2nd. The Gazette is all for Northampton and Easthampton’s efforts to create municipal (community) networks. Read the whole thing! It’s nice they called out our coalition and petition network in particular. Thanks to everyone for doing your part, even if it was just signing …