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Leyden broadband hut delivered

  • Across from the Leyden Town Offices in the former elementary school, a crane lowers a small building that will function as the hub of new internet service coming to Leyden. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Across from the Leyden Town Offices in the former elementary school, a crane lowers a roof onto a small building that will function as the hub of new internet service coming to Leyden. A backup generator was also installed behind the prefabricated building. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 4/5/2020 6:03:56 PM

LEYDEN — The process of installing broadband service in town moved one step closer to completion Thursday morning with the delivery of a “telecommunications hut,” which will eventually house all the electronics necessary to control the new internet and telephone system.

After the hut was delivered to its new home across the street from the current Town Offices in the former Pearl Rhodes Elementary School, workers bolted down the roof and added siding that was shipped separately. The 9-by-16-foot concrete building was manufactured in Connecticut and brought to the site by Davenport Trucking of Greenfield.

“We’re fortunate that it’s considered an emergency project,” Broadband Committee Chair Bob Ryan said.

Telecommunications is considered an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has allowed the delivery to continue as planned. Civil engineer and Broadband Committee member David Vreeland is overseeing the installation, along with Highway Department Superintendent Dave Brooks.

The Broadband Committee also reports that Verizon and Eversource have completed their task of moving wires and replacing utility poles that do not meet industry regulations. The next phase will begin in June with the hanging of 35 miles of fiber from pole to pole throughout the town.

“The final step should occur in early October and entails connecting the fiber directly to each house and setting up the internet connection for those who have subscribed to the service,” Ryan explained.

A subscription sign-up campaign will begin this summer. The entire project is expected to be completed by December, providing the town with a one-gigabyte internet network.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.


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