The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, 1/30/20, at 6:30 PM in the Community House to discuss proposed changes the general and zoning by-laws. These changes will be voted on in a Special Town Meeting to be held on Thursday, 1/30/20, at the Community House at 7 ...read more...
There will be a Special Town Meeting to be held on 1/30/20 at 7 PM in the Community House regarding the proposed changes to the general and zoning by-laws. Click here for official warrant....read more...
Effective Jauary 1, 2020, Jason Forgue will be Cummington's new building inspector. His office hours will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 10:30 am. ...read more...
See below for road closings for the Town of Cummington beginning 12/1/19 (or first snow fall) until mud season is over.
STAGE ROAD from House number 200-132
TROW ROAD from House number 43 – 88
TIRRELL HILL from House number 3 – 34
BUG HILL from House number 6 – 51...read more...
Click here for January 2020 issue of the Goodwill Messenger.
Missed the kickoff event for the broadband sign-up? No worries…….just follow this link whipcityfiber.com/cummington and sign up online. Great turn out yesterday, thanks to all who showed up to sign up and ask questions. Let’s keep this ball rolling.
Signing up is easy! Complete an application online or call 1-833-WCF-CALL (1-833-923-2255) and one of our customer service representatives can answer any questions you have and complete your application over the phone. When installation appointments are available, the customer service team will contact you to schedule an appointment.
You can sign up to have the fiber brought to your home without signing up for Internet service. This is is called a “cold drop” and it costs you nothing, only if you sign up by January 31, 2020. You still must sign up on the Whip City Fiber website so we know to include your cold drop in our network construction. If you sign up for a cold drop after January 31, 2020, you will have to pay for the rest of the installation costs. Why sign up for a cold drop? This will save you substantial money. If you ask for a drop after the deadline, the entire cost of the fiber drop from the pole to your home, plus all labor and equipment, and a mobilization charge (a crew/truck will have to come out just for you), will be charged. This will be a minimum of ~$800.
Don't forget, you must apply for service before January 31, 2020in order to qualify for the free, town-subsidized installation. Requests after crews leave town may result in substantial delay in installation and will require the homeowner to cover all or a portion of the service drop, and interior installation costs.
We would loike to thank the folks at Wip City Fiber for coming out for our "Sign up Kickoff" and bringing some great mini cup cakes and coffee.
As many of you are aware, we had to put off the trenching for all underground conduits this fall. Now, we are back on track, and expect to proceed with these in the spring.
The document that you submitted was not a commitment to the broadband service, but simply a property access form. No one has yet signed up for a subscription to Cummington Connect.
Now it is time for sign ups!
The special town meeting held on November 7th authorized a transfer of funding from the stabilization account, allowing us to move forward and commit to paying for the infrastructure and the drops (connections) all the way to the router for those who subscribe, and to the outside NID for those who wish to have an available connection for the future, but do not wish to subscribe. The sign up period for broadband subscriptions, and "cold drops" will be from November 16, 2019 through January 31, 2020. The Cummington MLP will pay in full for all those who sign up for the subscription or even the "cold drop" for the planned route. If you desire a different route for your fiber, other than the one designed, you will be charged any increase in price.
Info sessions with the folks from Whip City Fiber (our ISP) will take place on Saturday, November 16th, from 10am-12pm and again from 12 pm -2pm. The reps from Whip City Fiber will be here, at the Community House to answer all of your questions about how this will work, about TV, streaming and more. This is also the day our page on the whipcityfiber.com website will go live and the actual signups will begin. You will be able to sign up either at the Community House on November 16th or online after that. Remember- you must sign up before January 31, 2020 for the MLP to cover the costs. If you wait, chances are you will have to pay for the connection out of pocket- minimally ~$700 for a short aerial connection (much more for longer or underground) + $250 to roll a truck out just for you.
In Summary: You need to sign up if you want either broadband service or just the drop to your house
I gave $49 a few years back.
That $49 was to Wired West and we are no longer affiliated with them. If you signed up with Wired West in the past, you may apply for a refund of your deposit on their website.
In a Special Town meeting last night, Thursday 11/7/19, the town voted to move a sum of money from the Stabalization Account to an MLP Acount. This will now allow the MLP to pay for all drops to subscribers, who take service, and townspeople who only want the fiber to their home but not take service. The ability to fund all drops has been the hope of the MLP Board all through the process of building the Town owned FTTH (Fiber to the Home) Network. Covering the expense of the drop is the best way to reach a "Take Rate" that will keep the FTTH a viable Town owned service/utility for current and future residents.
A big THANK YOU to the town residents who showed up on a miserable Thursday night and gave us a ton of support to move forward.
The MLP Board and myself are pushing as hard as we can and the rock we are all pushing uphill just became a little smaller.
The Cummington MLP distributed a new brochure in locations around town. For a downloadable PDF of the brochure click here.
CUMMINGTON BROADBAND NEWS!
Cummington’s Fiber to the Home network, which will pass by every home in Cummington, is moving forward. Utility poles in town have been mapped and measured. Applications for each pole to begin “make ready work”, have been submitted to Verizon and NSTAR(Eversource). This will get the poles ready to carry the fiber along its path.
We are writing to ask if the electric and or phone lines that feed your house are buried. If so, please fill out the Underground Utilities Form. We need to have these questions answered, as we hope to have some of this work completed before the ground freezes. Our goal is to have the network up and running by September, 2019.
Please take the time to fill out the form at: http://bit.ly/01026UG
For general information about the project go to: http://www.cummington-ma.gov/MLPFAQGeneral.
If you have questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cummington Municipal Light Board
Allan Douglas, Manager
With so many towns building out now, both the utilities and WG&E will work as fast as they can to get the networks up and running, and we hope to have all of Cummington served by the fall of 2019.
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