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Cummington Broadband Committee

Member Title Phone Term Start Term End
Brenda Arbib
Allan Douglas
Dennis W. Forgea
Scott Keith
Michael A. Perkins II
Maureen L. Tumenas
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2016
2016
2016
2016
2016
2016
2017
2017
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2017

Meeting times: As Needed
Term: Appointed by the Selectboard for 1 year
Compensation: None

 

The Cummington Broadband Committee was formed to research among all options which high speed internet concept would be best for the town.

 

Update 2/3/2017

We on the Cummington Broadband Committee apologize for not updating this page and getting information out in a more timely manner. However, when the goal posts keep moving, it is hard to decide what information to put on the page. We now feel that the goal posts are finally stabilizing and we can start to make some educated decisions about information that we can bring to the town

We have had meetings with our MBI (Ma Broadband Institute) Project Manager and are going through the MBI Readiness Process. We have chosen to do this because it seems that no matter which broadband solution we decide on this process is the only way we can utilize the money the state allocated to Cummington.

Also we have had meetings with other towns (Ashfield, Charlemont, Plainfield and Windsor) to look at the possibility of a small regional solution. We pursued this because all of the towns except Ashfield realize that none of us could afford this on our own. This has been put on the back burner as all the towns are going through the MBI Readiness process.

More recently MBI put out an RFP for broadband providers to submit proposals for the "Last Mile Grants to Provide Broadband Service to Unserved Towns in Western Massachusetts" to read this click here. We are now awaiting the vetting of these proposals by MBI to see who they approve as vendors that we can use.

The most recent proposal has come from WiredWest which was released on Saturday the 28th of January 2016. You can read the PDF of that presentation here..

We on the Committee are hoping that there is not another goal post move so that we may bring some solid affordable proposals to the Selectboard and the town to consider and then get some fiber on the poles and to our houses.

 

January 28th WiredWest Regional Broadband Solution PDF