Rowe nears end of broadband construction

  • Rowe is nearing the finish line of its 10-year project to get high-speed Internet.

Staff Writer
Published: 7/29/2019 3:01:02 AM

ROWE — It won’t be long before every resident in town can browse the web, work from home and (most importantly) stream Netflix.

The town finished building its fiber optic network last week — the first of any West County hill town to do so — and has entered the project’s final stage: connecting homes to the system. 

About 30 homes are already online, Rowe’s Municipal Light Plant Manager David Dvore said Thursday. The remainder will be completed in the next couple months. 

Three-quarters of Rowe residents have signed up to receive Broadband, Dvore said.

“So far, everybody’s very pleased,” Dvore said. “The speed is amazing. This is literally hundreds of times faster than what we had.”

Dvore added that for the first time, Rowe townspeople can stream video. “You used to have to wait a long time before a movie would even start and you couldn’t fast forward,” Dvore said. “Now, it’s pretty much instant.”

The network cost the town $1.5 million to build, Dvore said. Of that amount, the state government contributed $440,000, and has suggested it may provide some more funding. 

For Dvore and a couple others project organizers including Chuck Sokol, Marilyn Wilson and Russ Jolly, efforts to get high-speed Internet have spanned years. Dvore said he managed to finish the Broadband system sooner than others because he has been “tenacious.” 

“It’s been a long, slow process,” Dvore said. 

Reach Grace Bird at or 413-772-0261, ext. 280. 

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