Shelburne wants broadband input

Recorder Staff
Monday, February 26, 2018

SHELBURNE — The town’s Cable Advisory Committee needs to find out whether the 4 percent of households that will not get high-speed broadband through the Comcast Cable Expansion are interested in subscribing through Colrain’s future broadband network.

Committee Chairman Michael Duffy said he sent a survey to about 20 of the remaining unserved households, but only got three responses to the Cable Advisory survey. Two respondents on Smead Hill Road said they were interested in getting broadband from the Colrain fiber optic network, while another resident in the Patten Hill area responded that high-speed internet was not wanted at that home.

For Shelburne to tap into Colrain’s fiber optic network, which is to be built through the Westfield Gas & Electric, Shelburne would have to pay about $85,000 for the network expansion to northern Shelburne homes and businesses.

Duffy said the committee may propose an annual town meeting warrant article for the town to pay for this broadband extension, but first wants to gauge how much interest there is among affected households.

The survey was mailed to most of these homes and it asks if residents want high-speed internet at their homes, if they would subscribe to Colrain’s town-owned broadband if it’s available, and if they would be willing to contribute any money for the cost of expansion to their homes.

Duffy is asking residents to mail their completed surveys to: Town of Shelburne Cable Advisory, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Or email a message to: CableAdvisory@TownOfShelburneMA.gov