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.
The Hut is now fully prepared for installation of fiber optic cable connections and the components required to operate the fiber optic network and to be tested by Westfield Gas & Electric in preparation for the construction of the distribution network which begins the of February 22, 2021.
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.