As towns near completion of building our networks, we must consider how we're going to manage operating them, and what to charge customers in order to meet expenses. Often the focus is on hiring an Internet Service Provider (ISP) with the lowest price. But the ISP cost turns out to be only a small part [...]
- 1/18/2019 Updated Bylaws and WiredWest Service Agreement with Towns
- 11/18/2018 Added Nov 7 updated Bylaws, WiredWest Service Agreement with Towns, and Executive Summary of Network Operations and Service Agreement with Cash Flow Diagram to Documents page.
- 11/17/2018 Added Letter: WiredWest stands ready to deliver broadband to media page
- 11/13/2018 Added WiredWest retools to advance last-mile broadband plans | The Berkshire Eagle to media page
- 11/7/2018 Added Town Specific Info section
- 11/7/2018 updated MLP Accounting vs Enterprise Fund
- 11/7/2018 posted contract with Westfield Gas and Electric as service provider
- 10/4/2018 updated Advice for Towns with projected start dates by town.
- 4/28/2018 Added Shocker: Community-owned broadband is cheaper and better than Big Cable to media page
- 3/31/2018 Added Sample Documents page with Sample IRU and Sample Easement.
“WiredWest Is Town’s Cheaper Operator For Broadband, Say Consultants” By Katie Nolan Montague Reporter April 19, 2018 WENDELL - On Tuesday night, Jim Crowley of Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) and Brian Richards of PineRidge Consulting presented a joint Wendell broadband committee and selectboard meeting with a comparison of costs for the town to operate a broadband network as an independent operator, or as a member of the WiredWest regional cooperative. The consultants considered administrative costs such as insurance, electrical power for the network electronic equipment, pole licensing, accounting, audits, legal fees, maintenance of the cables and other outdoor equipment, internet service provider (ISP) subscriber fees, and network backhaul (high bandwidth connection from the town’s electronic operation location to their wholesale ISP). The consultants’ report concluded that “Over time, as operator of a regional cooperative network, WiredWest could offer a better value to all members towns, as opposed to operating their network independently.” Because the consultants’ presentation and committee and citizen questions continued from 7pm until after 9pm, the joint meeting tabled all of its other agenda items, including item #9, “Possibility of revoting Town authorization of Broadband project,” until Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm. Approximately a dozen citizens attended the meeting, including Robbie Leppzer, author of an open letter to the selectboard affirming “strong support for building a municipally-owned broadband network in Wendell,” and other signers of this letter. Here is a link to download the full report (PDF - 1 MB): www.turningtide.com/…/Comparison_of_Broadband_Operational_M…
Some town officials think of WiredWest as a “Them” like another service provider trying to sell something. WiredWest is “Us.” It’s an approach to procuring services and managing our broadband networks as a team rather than individually. Now that we are nearing the point of putting networks into service, we have a choice of whether [...]
Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Sec of EOHED, presents new Last Mile Grant Program to the MBI Board 3/28/2017
This event was designed for members of Select Boards, Broadband Committees and Finance Committees to familiarize them with the details of the newly designed regional operations plan offered by WiredWest in order to weigh it against other options. The plan presented covers operations of town networks after they are built. Since the Last Mile policy [...]
Reprinted from the Berkshire Eagle By Larry Parnass, email@example.com "Productive." "Optimistic." After a year in the deep freeze, relations between state officials and broadband activists in Western Massachusetts appear to be thawing. Leaders of WiredWest used the words above to describe their meeting last week with Carolyn Kirk, the state's deputy secretary of housing and [...]
Who is WiredWest? Massachusetts laws allow towns to own and operate utility companies called Municipal Light Plants (MLPs). WiredWest is a Cooperative of town MLPs joining together for operational efficiencies and cost savings. The coop is governed by delegates from the member towns for the purpose of delivering high quality broadband service to all residents [...]
Reprinted from The Recorder By DIANE BRONCACCIO , Recorder Staff Thursday, March 30, 2017 Local officials say they hope the state’s revised broadband policy will break the gridlock on which the internet build-out for unserved towns has stalled over the last two years. “This new grant program is a huge step forward for last-mile broadband,” said [...]