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Wendell, WiredWest sign agreement for broadband



Recorder Staff
Friday, December 22, 2017

WENDELL — Wendell has “a seat at the WiredWest table” after signing a memorandum of understanding with the municipal cooperative created to bring high-speed broadband to unserved hilltowns.

Wendell Town Coordinator Nancy Aldrich described the document as a “an agreement in good faith to work with them to finalize a contract over the course of the next 10 months.” She said signing the memorandum allows Wendell to maintain its voting rights on WiredWest’s executive committee, made up of members elected from its board of directors, and to continue sending a representative to it.

Aldrich said any town that did not sign the memorandum by Dec. 15 can still join WiredWest at a later date, but would not be allowed to participate in the present discussion on how to build and operate a community-owned, fiber optic network in the area.

According to information on its website (wiredwest.net), it serves a town’s intention to participate in the WiredWest Regional Broadband Management Plan.

“It allows us to design optimized regional back-haul connections that will minimize costs for the member towns and maximize resilience of the network. The number of towns and the degree of adjacency help to bring the costs down,” according to the website. “Knowing that other towns have made this commitment will instill confidence that towns will be able to enjoy the mutual benefits of regional management once networks are built.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
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