Category «Research»

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. …

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 …

We added GCET pricing to our table of prices

Thanks to supporter Crispin who provided us with pricing on the Greenfield, Massachusetts community network GCET. You can see their plans and rates in the updated table below. One thing to note about GCET, Greenfield’s community network, is that it is a wireless network for residences. More specifically, when you request service they set up a …

How much would you save with a Northampton Community Network?

One thing is clear: if the City of Northampton builds a community network, subscribers should save boatloads of money. Comcast’s effective monopoly on Internet services in Northampton is very profitable for them. Figuring out exactly what you pay for Internet service from Comcast is complex by design. When you sign up for service, you can …

70% of Americans support community networks

During our research for Mayor Narkewicz, we found this interesting Pew survey from 2017. A substantial majority of the public (70%) believes local governments should be able to build their own broadband networks if existing services in the area are either too expensive or not good enough, according to the survey, conducted March 13-27. Just …