Folks, Our WiredWest Reps report that we are falling behind.
Colrain is barely past the halfway point of getting 40% of the town to sign up via WiredWest. Some suggest that that will NOT convince WiredWest OR MBI to build this network, despite our enthusiasm.
DO we want this enough to start a signup campaign? Ask your broadband committee, or JOIN your broadband committee. We need to pull together, regardless of which way we choose.
Tell your town leaders and the Broadband Committee exactly what you want!
The Co-Operative model (WiredWest) has a fundamental principal [Written into it’s core] of making every effort to repay the loan we’re going to take out to do this. The Independent model (Other Roads) don’t make that effort. Some have said it plainly; “We’re not Leverett or Alford, we can’t afford to do it that way.”
Your WiredWest Reps; Holleran Greenburger & David Greenberg
Your Broadband Committee Chairman; David Greenberg
Sixteen towns, including Colrain, have now voted in favor of funding a Fiber-Optic network project to enhance Western Massachusetts.
Link will take you a WiredWest article about this, dated may 30, 2015.
A small sampling of the benefits of having modern interconnectivity. This trend is not an isolated wave! Our entire nation has been spreading this choice through the land.
http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/node/915 (This will take you to the NTIA site.)
When: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: Colrain Central School
What: Demonstrations of FAST Internet (Netflix, YouTube, Skype, and more); Presentation about Colrain Fiber Network; food (of course!)
Why: To support the Colrain Fiber Subscription Campaign. Sign up for fiber and please tell your friends to do the same!
Colrain has been struggling for many years to gain the Internet access that is common to urban areas. Yet due to our low population density, no for-profit company has been the least bit interested in wiring our town for high speed Internet.
Roughly five years ago, the Colrain Broadband Committee realized that to have our small voice heard we had to make it louder… by teaming up with all of our neighboring towns who were in the same situation. Out of that early collaboration, came WiredWest, a cooperative made up of 32 towns that are now on the brink of seeing a world-class fiberoptic network built in our respective towns.
A fiber optic network is the cat’s meow of broadband networks. It doesn’t get any better than fiber. If we act before the end of this year, Colrain will get about $1.3M from the Commonwealth toward the cost of this project. Even after projected tax increases, many people will see a net savings when the new services become available. This is a one-time opportunity to catapult Colrain into the 21st century and we can’t afford to pass this up!
NEW! You can subscribe to Colrain Fiber NOW using a credit card if you have an Amazon account or by downloading and mailing in a form with your check.
Colrain broadband demo, meeting Friday
An article about Fiber To The Home [FTTH] broadband in the Greenfield Recorder, April 26 2010. “New approach for getting broadband”