Broadband Update – May 10, 2021

High-speed internet is now available for residents to use at the Fiber Hut – 4 North Blandford Road.

Similar to Town Hall, you can sit in your car, as long as you do not interfere with the Sertex crew testing the fiber. However, this connection is MUCH faster than what you would find at Town Hall and is a good preview of the type of speeds you can expect to see once broadband is rolled out to residents.

There is still no specific date for FSA04 go-live, but we will post an update as soon as we know. After Sertex completes testing the lines, then home installations will begin.

Broadband Update – April 27, 2021

Construction is progressing well on our Broadband Network. Sertex is testing the fiber in FSA04 (North St, Chester Rd, N Blandford Rd areas), and is installing fiber and MST’s in FSA01 (Woronoco Rd and Main St areas). Additional work has also been started in FSA02 and 03. In addition, the “Middle Mile” connection from the Town Hall to the Hut will be completed this week. This connects the actual internet from Boston to Springfield to Westfield to Blandford.

Triwire crews have started to install underground services where identified (first in FSA04). Underground service is a three-step process: Initial contact, Dig Safe to check the utilities, and then digging the trench and laying conduit. When the overhead fiber has been installed and tested by Sertex, then Triwire will be able to begin installing the fiber to your home. They will contact the homeowner to schedule an appointment.

The order of construction and estimated go-live dates are: FSA04 – Spring 2021, FSA01 – Summer 2021, FSA03 – Summer 2021, FSA02 – Fall 2021, FSA05 – Fall 2021. (see the map here – hover for details)

There are five Fiber Service areas in Blandford. The Fiber will be installed area by area. When one area is completed, then the “Fiber to the Home” will be able to begin. Prior to this, people will be asked to sign up for service. The Town will cover all “drop” costs up to $10,000 per drop. This covers about 99% of the properties. In addition, our TA and COA chair have obtained a grant to cover the $99 activation fee for homeowners ages 65 and over.

In order to try and contact all premises, we are sending e-mails to all homeowners whose age is unknown to us, or who have chosen a “cold drop” (that is, not opted for the $85/month service). We are also sending postcards to homeowners who have not yet signed up. If you fall into one of these categories, and have questions, please see the contact information below.

With a free connection to your home, including equipment, there is every reason to sign up now! Please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up if they have not already done so. We are currently at 75%.

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 – March 27, 2021

Construction continues on our Broadband Network. There have been about 17 days lost due to weather, and Verizon and Eversource “make-ready” issues. However, the issues are being addressed, and now that the weather is improved additional crews are working. Sertex continues to work in FSA04 (North Street, Chester Road, North Blandford Road areas), and has recently started stringing strand and fiber in FSA01 (Woronoco Road and Main Street areas). Recognizing the importance of the project, the Commonwealth has recently authorized additional resources for Blandford and other towns to help speed up the construction process.

With better weather, we should start to see Triwire crews in town to install underground services where identified (first in FSA04). When the fiber has been installed and tested by Sertex, then Triwire will be able to begin installing the fiber to your home. They will contact the homeowner to schedule an appointment.

Read the full update and learn how to sign-up here →

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