The Highway Department completed site preparation work in early November for the placement of the Network Hut and the backup generator.
The Hut will contain all of the electronic brains for controlling the fiber optic network and was delivered, together with the backup generator, on Monday, November 23.
The propane tank for the back up generator was installed on 12/16/2020 and connected on 1/8/2021.
National Grid installed a utility pole and connecting wires to provide electric service to the hut on 12/21/2020. Electricity has been connected to the hut and generator as of 12/31/2020.
A live generator fail over test was successfully conducted and settings for failover testing have been completed.
A grounding halo was installed around the exterior of the hut to prevent damage from electrical strikes on 05/11/2021.
Fiber optic cable has been brought into hut through the underground vault.
Network electronics have not yet been installed in the hut.
When the network electronics and fiber optic cable are installed and connected the Hut will be fully prepared with all of the components required to operate the fiber optic network and to be tested by Westfield Gas & Electric.
Updates on these processes will be posted as they are accomplished.
For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on Broadband postings in Town News & Announcements.
Additionally you can go to the Broadband High Speed Internet project page.