Keeping Prices Low for Small Town Broadband Networks

January 4th, 2019|Categories: News, Stories, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

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 [...]

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WiredWest Is Town’s Cheaper Operator For Broadband, Say Consultants

June 23rd, 2018|Categories: News, Stories, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

“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…

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Why Choose the Coop Approach to Managing Town Owned Networks?

December 8th, 2017|Categories: News, Stories, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

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 [...]

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Connecting Point: Rural Massachusetts Broadband Access

June 1st, 2017|Categories: Stories|

Berkshire Eagle reporter Larry Parnass discusses his coverage of the ongoing efforts to bring broadband access to even the smallest communities in rural Massachusetts and the impact of the Axia bankruptcy on those efforts.

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WiredWest Broadband Solution Workshop – January 28, 2017

April 2nd, 2017|Categories: News, Stories, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

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 [...]

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WGBY Connection Point Interview with WiredWest Feb-27-2017

February 28th, 2017|Categories: News, Stories, Get the Latest Info|

Bob Labrie and Tim Newman answer questions about WiredWest's Regional Broadband Solution on WGBY's Connecting Point.

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