Town Specific Info
Each town is building it’s own network. Once complete, operation of the networks will be managed by WiredWest. Since each town is building it’s own infrastructure, it will be up to each town to determine policies for ‘drops’ and surcharges (MLP fees).
A ‘drop’, or installation, is the physical connection from the distribution network to a premise. A fiber line will be brought from the lines along the road into the building and connected to a small box called an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) that converts the optical signal into an electrical one. That will connect via an ethernet cable to a wifi router to provide service in the home or office. Sometimes this may require pole replacement, new poles and/or new underground conduit to be installed. Each town will determine how much of the installation cost will be provided by the town or charged to the customer. This is different than the $99 one-time activation for starting up service with WiredWest.
The prices for service charged by WiredWest cover operational costs. Because each town owns it’s own network, it is up to each town to pay for debt service and depreciation reserves. This can be done by a combination of taxes and surcharges (ie MLP fee) for service. Each town will decide whether to impose a surcharge on customers to cover these costs and if so, how much it will be.
In this section, you’ll find pages for each town will specific information about such things as:
- Progress in network construction
- Installation or ‘Drop’ policy
- Surcharge policy
- Other town specific information
Here is the status of towns as of 4/11/2019
|Town||Status||Projected Start Date||WW Status|
|Becket||Building Fiber Network||March 2020||Signed Service Contract|
|Goshen||Building Fiber Network||February 2020||Signed MOU|
|Heath||Building Fiber Network||September 2019||Signed MOU|
|New Salem||Building Fiber Network||December 2019||Signed Service Contract|
|Rowe||Active!||May 2019||Signed Service Contract|
|Shutesbury||Active! , signed with Crocker||May 2019||non-voting|
|Washington||Building Fiber Network||September 2019||Signed Service Contract|
|Windsor||Building Fiber Network||October 2019||Signed Service Contract|