“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 [...]
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 [...]
- 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.
- 12/24/2017 update map data page with advice for viewing pole, premise, and route map data.
- 12/24/2017 MLP Accounting
- 12/24/2017 Added a Recorder article to the media page.
- 12/6/2017 Response to DLS Guidance letter
- 11/30/2017 Posted Revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between towns and WW
- 8/17/2017 Posted WiredWest Financial and Business Management Procedures
- 8/5/2017 Posted announcement for Heath MLP Conference
- 8/5/2017 Posted Legal notes on MLP Authority
- 8/3/2017 WiredWest Backhaul and Edge Case Considerations for Adjacent Towns
- 6/21/2017 Template IGA for WG&E Network Design and Construction
- 6/12/2017 Plainfield Q&A
- 6/11/2017 Pole Primer in Advice for Towns section
- 5/14/2017 Info about map data
- 4/23/2017 Added Understanding WiredWest's Role also as a printable download.
- 4/22/2017 Updated Advice for Towns including town status and added Last Mile Infrastructure Grant Program
- 4/9/2017 Added One Page Description for Public Handout to the Recent Info page
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, firstname.lastname@example.org "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 [...]
Bob Labrie and Tim Newman answer questions about WiredWest's Regional Broadband Solution on WGBY's Connecting Point.
On February, 16, 2017 the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) held an open meeting to hear from MBI town designees and local Select board members about their thoughts regarding the results of the Private Provider RFP. The meeting took place at the Worthington, Massachusetts Town Hall. Select board members and designees wishing to speak were asked [...]