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Shutesbury residents getting wired to municipal network

This doesn’t seem to have made the Daily Hampshire Gazette yet. But according to a Facebook post, some residents of Shutesbury (near Amherst) are now wired to the town’s new municipal network and getting 1 gigabit per second fiber to the home. Congratulations, Shutesbury! With no incumbent cable provider, their previous options were dialup, DSL …

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 …

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. …

Third Ward 7 candidate supports municipal broadband

Hanuman Goleman of Florence has thrown his hat into the Ward 7 council race. Ward 7 is located in Leeds and parts of Florence. In an interview with the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Goleman indicated he supports municipal broadband in Northampton. Goleman has plenty of company. The other candidates Penny Geis and Rachel Maiore also support …

Northampton business survey sent to Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce

Monday, the Northampton High-speed Community Network Coalition completed a business survey for members of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. Soon to be retired executive director Suzanne Beck has promised that she will send the survey out to her membership. This survey is not a city-sponsored survey, but it will give early insight into the …