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Wendell NET, our town-owned broadband network is Coming! Construction has begun and crews are in town.

March, 2020: Road crews are in FSA 1 including but not limited to Jennison, Old Stage, Montague, Lockes Village, Locke Hill, and all roads in the southern third of town.
Please pay attention to work areas and drive carefully to keep everyone safe.

Phase One of construction involves hanging strand to support the fiber cable and hardware

Interested in bringing high speed internet service to your home? Sign up today to join the 290 homes who have already paid their activation fee.  

Sign up by making your one-time $99 sign-up/activation fee payment online:

1. Head to this link: https://unipaygold.unibank.com/

2. Choose “Wendell, Town of” using the Search box to be directed to Wendell’s payment page. 

3. Choose “Broadband” button on the left. Follow the prompts to finalize your payment. 

Questions? Email  or

call Alistair: 413-992-7604 or Christine: 978-544-2282

Farley Road Tree Removal

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. 

Wired Wendell / Wendell NET Broadband Committee March 2020 Update

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.
https://www.wendellmass.us/governance/broadband-committee.html.

Wired Wendell / Wendell NET Broadband Committee February 2020 Update

February 20, 2020: Wendell is still waiting for National Grid and Verizon to finish the make ready work on their poles. When that is complete, actual construction of the fiber optic network can begin. The most recent expected start date is March 9th, which unfortunately is the third delay in three months. When you see those utility bucket trucks in town, cheer them on!!

Wired Wendell MLP/ Wendell NET Broadband Committee December 2019 Update

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.  

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