Updated Changes to Broadband Information Session

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

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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 administrator@townofblandford.com or (413) 848-4279 x502.

Improved Broadband Access Outside Town Hall

Thanks to Westfield Gas & Electric, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and at no cost to us, we now have higher speed internet access outside of Town Hall.
There are two open WiFi connections (no password required) – WCF-WIFI-5G and WCF-WIFI. Access point is the kitchen window, and closer to that gives higher speeds.

Town Internet Access Points:
Town Hall parking lot: 1 Russell Stage Road. Network connection = TOB-GUEST; or WhipCityFiber_Wifi; or WhipCityFiber_Wifi-5G
Post Office parking lot & Bicentennial Park: 102 Main Street. Network connection = BlandfordFD-Guest
Porter Memorial Library parking lot: 87 Main Street

As the weather gets nicer, it will be tempting to sit on the green outside of these public areas to use WiFi. Considering this, please be sure to practice guidelines for social distancing and other protocols to keep yourself and others safe from any possible spread of COVID-19.

Broadband Equipment Delivery – April 22, 2020

On Wednesday, April 22, at 8:30am, the Fiber Hut for the internet is being delivered (yay!!). The site is 4 North Blandford Road – the new cemetery maintenance building area. This, along with a generator, will be lifted off of a trailer by a big crane since it weighs about 20 tons. This building is the starting point (or hub) of the Broadband network for Blandford.

It might be of interest for some of our residents to see this being installed, and certainly an exciting event for some of the children – big trucks and all!!

There should be plenty of room for people to maintain distance from each other, even from the side of the cemetery.

People will have to park and stay in cemetery. No parking on North Blandford Road.