Broadband Update – January 12, 2021

Construction continues on our Broadband Network. On Monday, January 11, Sertex began attaching Fiber to existing strand in FSA04. There are two crews working on Chester Road. Very soon they will begin installing strand in FSA01. Please refer to the December 20 update for go-live estimates for your area.

With free connection to your home, including equipment, there should be no reason not to sign up now. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up if they have not already done so. We are currently at 67%.

Finally, we can actually say that Blandford will have High Speed Internet THIS YEAR! Starting in early spring, fiber to the house installations will begin. However, they will not come to your house unless you have signed up, either for service or a “cold drop”.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Whip City Fiber at 413-485-1251 or Peter at 413-505-9086.

SIGN UP NOW: www.whipcityfiber.com/blandford

Broadband Update – December 20, 2020

Construction on Blandford’s Broadband Network started on November 30, with Sertex attaching the strand (or steel cable to which the actual Fiber will be attached). The Town is divided into five Fiber Service Areas (FSA’s), which can be seen when one signs up at www.whipcityfiber.com/blandford. The order of construction and estimated go-live date is: FSA04 – Spring 2021, FSA01 – Spring 2021, FSA03 – Summer 2021, FSA02 – Summer 2021, FSA05 – Fall 2021. (see the map here)

The Network is owned by the Town and we are looking for a signup percentage as close as possible to 100% (currently at 64%). The cost to have fiber and equipment to the home (drop cost) will be paid by the Town (up to $10,000). There is a one-time $99 activation fee, with a monthly rate of only $85. No payments will be required until your service is activated. Since there is no cost, we urge everyone to sign up now – at least for a “cold drop”, which does not include equipment. If one does not have a computer, or is moving, take the “cold drop” – it will increase the “curb appeal” of the property.

For those properties with underground service, after you sign up, you will be contacted by Triwire to schedule a consultation for where the fiber will be installed. They are currently working in FSA04.

There have been several challenges, the biggest of which involved our three Turnpike crossings. The Blandford MLP has weekly status meetings with Whip city Fiber and Sertex. Progress continues on a daily basis. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Whip City Fiber at (413) 485-1251 or Peter at (413) 505-9086.

SIGN UP NOW AT: www.whipcityfiber.com/blandford

Updated Changes to Broadband Information Session

NOTE: This information session is NOT for signing up for broadband.

SIGN UP FOR BROADBAND HERE →

Due to COVID restrictions and Blandford recognized as a high risk community, there will be no in-person attendance at the information session on November 7th. This means all participation will be done virtually or dial-in only.

November 7, 2020 at 10am
On your computer: Meet virtually via Teams. Visit https://www.bit.ly/blandfordbroadband to find out more information to connect virtually.
Call-in (audio only): 1-617-865-3953. When prompted, dial Conference ID 962 367 981#

QUESTIONS? Contact Whip City Fiber Customer Service at 413-485-1251.

UPDATED: Broadband Informational Sessions – Mark Your Calendar!

NOTE: These information sessions are NOT for signing up for broadband. All signups will be done online which will be available soon.

On Saturday, November 7, 2020 the Blandford Municipal Light Board will be hosting two hybrid informational sessions to provide an update to the Blandford community on the broadband project. Representatives from Whip City Fiber will be present to give an overview of where the project is in the process and engage in Q&A. These meetings will be done both in-person and virtually during two different time schedules for convenience. If you cannot make any of these sessions either in-person or online, the sessions will be recorded and later uploaded on the Town’s YouTube Channel and town website for later viewing.

Session 1: November 7, 2020 at 10am to 11:30am
• In-person: Gym of Town Hall
• Virtual Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81062748122
• Meeting ID: 81062748122
• Dial-in: 1-929-205-6099

Session 2: November 7, 2020 at 12pm to 1:30pm
• In-person: Gym of Town Hall
• Virtual Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82269237612
• Meeting ID: 82269237612
• Dial-in: 1-929-205-6099

If you plan to participate in person or online, PLEASE REGISTER HERE. NOTE: You do not have to be registered in order to participate. This is only in the effort to give Whip City Fiber an idea of how many people to expect.

In the effort to allow as much in-person space to be available to support social distancing guidelines, we strongly encourage folks to participate electronically via zoom if you are able and are comfortable participating electronically. If the capability does not exist and/or you are much comfortable participating in person instead, that is fine as well. If planning to participate in-person, social distancing guidelines will be adhered to upon entry of the Town Hall and participation in the gym. Any questions, contact the Town Administrator’s office at [email protected] or (413) 848-4279 x502.