March 1, 2020: National Grid and Verizon have finally finished the make ready work on their poles. Construction of the fiber optic network has begun! Crews will be out each day working to complete the network build-out, starting in the south-east section of town. Phase one involves hanging strand between poles to support the hardware and fiber cable. Please drive cautiously and give crews and officers on duty ample safe space to work. We will post on the list serve each day to alert residents where crews will be located that day and will report any updates as they emerge.
Mark your calendars for April 25th (COVID pending) as the Wendell NET Broadband Committee and Whip City Fiber, our internet service provider and network operator, will hold an information session and sign-up event for the public at Town Hall (if COVID-19 virus precautions allow). You will have an opportunity to gather information, ask all your questions about broadband internet and telephone service prior to signing up.
Network construction begins as soon as the utility companies finalize their remaining work, predicted to be in early January, and will continue through winter as the weather allows. Crews will work during business hours hanging cables and network extensions between the town’s 1,300 poles, installing Multiport Service Terminals on poles, and splicing all fiber together. Once the network is fully built and tested, installation into homes will begin. Home installation will happen in tiers at the discretion of Whip City Fiber and the first tier is anticipated to begin as early as April 2020, depending on construction progress. We will continue to update residents and will reach out with a solid installation plan for specific streets once construction and testing is complete.