Wendell NET, our town-owned network, is almost here!
Crews are working daily and reports of crew locations are posted to the list serv each morning. Please drive carefully, slow down when approaching work areas, and practice social distancing with crews and police to keep everyone safe.
If you have already spoken with the Broadband Committee and have paid your one-time $99 activation/sign-up fee in 2019/2020, you have been entered into the customer database. Please check your email for application review correspondence from Whip City Fiber.
If you have not started the process to sign up, head to Wendell NET's website and navigate to the "Click Here to Sign Up" button on the home page to begin the process. Your one-time $99 activation/sign-up fee will be added to your first bill: https://www.whipcityfiber.com/wendell/
Network construction is a multi-step process and each step is being completed as efficiently as possible while maintaining the health safety of the crews. As other towns ahead of us complete their projects, even more crews will be available to come to Wendell to speed up our build. The town is divided into three FSAs or Fiber Service Areas. Construction starts at FSA 1 (bottom third of town) then proceeds to FSA 2 (upper east region), then FSA 3 (upper west region). Crews may also skip around to any FSA as they see fit.
There are several construction stages during the build of the broadband infrastructure. The stages are:
1. Strand - A steel cable is hung between each pole in town;
2. Fiber - Fiber optic cable is hung between each pole;
3. Lashing - Fiber cable is lashed to the strand;
4. MSTs - Multi-port Service Terminals are placed, which will provide the connectors between our home's cable and the distribution network cable on the road;
5. Splicing - Individual fibers from the bundle in the fiber optic cable are spliced to MSTs; then
6. Testing - Each terminal of the MST is tested for connectivity back to the hub at town offices.
Once testing is complete and the FSA receives official certification, installations can begin. This is still a few months out. We will notify everyone when we are getting close to installations as Whip City will be reaching out to customers to schedule home installation consult visits.
Until then, we thank you for your patience and your help giving the crews positive encouragement while they continue to work in the middle of this health crisis. We are grateful that construction has not halted completely thanks to our rural and minimally populated town.
July 2020: Pulling Fiber through Farley Road trench.
May 2020: Suburban Propane Installing propane tank for Hut generator.
March 2020: Tree removal to prepare for fiber train track crossing on Farley Road.
December 2019: Canning Electric work on new poles installed to close the "Farley Gap".
October 2019: Trenching to the Wendell NET Hut - Photos by Eyes Above Franklin County - Michael Wallitis
Wendell NET Broadband committee's mission is to facilitate the acquisition and installation of a high-speed Broadband town-owned network in Wendell. We work daily on this goal with an emphasis on high speed access to our schools, library, town hall, police and fire departments, small businesses, home-bound residents, disabled residents, and seniors. We continue to analyze costs and financial options to assure fiscal responsibility during construction and operation of the net. We work closely with Wendell's Selectboard, who is the current acting Board for "Wired Wendell", our Municipal Light Plant (MLP), making recommendations to the Board (MLB) as necessary and appropriate. We also work closely with EOHED, Westfield Gas & Electric, and Whip City Fiber, our NO (network operator) and ISP (internet service provider) to assure that Wendell’s best interests are being served during the design, make-ready, light-up, and operation phases of the network.