Category «Communications»

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 Westinitiative. In March 2017, the town voted to create a Municipal Light Plant for the purpose of bringing a community …

Next steps in a Northampton Community Network

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz’s proposal adding $80,000 to the city’s capital improvement plan for two years starting July 1 to study a community network is great news. But what does this mean? Is a community network a done deal now? When can construction commence? Naturally, it’s not that simple. The mayor’s proposal is the first …

Comcast increases prices

It should not be a surprise that being a monopoly, Comcast can raise prices at will. Most rate increases for 2019 affect their Cable TV offerings. One Internet plan price has been raised. The Blast! package (up to 250 mbps) is now $94.95/month, up $2/month from $92.95/month. Their rate sheet is here. Price increases affect …