How Would Fiber Bandwidth Compare to DSL?

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Subscribers to the Matrix Design Group solution can expect Internet speeds of between 30 and 50 Mbps, which is a significant speed increase over other alternatives in town (basic Ayacht is ~1Mbps, DSL is between 1-3 Mbps, 4G/LTE in town ranges from 2-18 Mbps) . These Matrix fiber speeds will be able to fully accommodate “streaming” services such as Netflix and Hulu.

What Would be the Subscriber Costs?

Matrix Design Group has provided following estimated subscriber costs for monthly service under their plan:

  • $25/month construction fee (fixed)
  • $35/month service fees (estimate); will be reduced the more households subscribe. This fee covers network monitoring and maintenance, ensuring the fiber optic infrastructure, depreciation (future replacement expense) for fiber plant and active electronics, pole rental fees to Verizon, and MLP overhead costs such as accounting and legal expenses
  • $35/month Internet connectivity fees (estimate); Princeton Broadband MLP will seek a competitive bid for these Internet Service Provider services
  • $20/month for optional phone (VOIP) services (estimate); included under ISP services

The current estimate for Internet services totals $95/month, $115 for Internet and Voice. There will be applicable federal and state taxes and fees, yet to be determined by the Princeton Broadband Committee (we are investigating).

Details on the Matrix Plan

Some of you have been asking for the nitty gritty details on the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed this week by the Princeton Broadband MLP and the Matrix Design Group. Below are links to two documents for your reading pleasure. In the coming weeks, we will be presenting this information in a more “easy to digest” manner, but for the diehards, here you go:

Summary of the Matrix Design, Build, and Operate Plan 

Memorandum of Understanding  

 

Clarification on Absentee Ballots for Special Town Meeting

We have had a couple of questions on whether absentee ballots are permissible for the upcoming Special Town Meeting. Here is the official word from Town Administrator John Lebeaux:

Under Mass General Laws there is no provision for absentee voting at town meeting. Casting your vote at the November 18th Special Town Meeting requires you attend the town meeting.

Voters may vote via absentee ballot for the December 9th Debt Exclusion vote. Preferably, applications for absentee voting should be made to the Town Clerk after the Nov. 4 state election. Should there be need to apply prior to that date, please contact the Town Clerk directly at townclerk@town.princeton.ma.us

 

Special town meeting seeks $1.4 million for high-speed Internet work

From The Landmark:

Selectmen voted Monday to schedule a Nov. 18 special town meeting to ask whether voters support spending $1.4 million for make ready work for the construction of a high-speed Internet network in town.

Selectmen also agreed to set Dec. 9 for a special ballot election debt exclusion vote for the borrowing and authorized Town Administrator John Lebeaux to prepare the warrant for the meeting.

The board also signed a memorandum of agreement with Matrix Design Group, Inc. to negotiate an agreement between the town and the Municipal Light Plant Board of Directors for the design, financing, construction, maintenance and operation of a fiber to the home network within Princeton.

Read full article at thelandmark.com »

 

Significant Step Towards Matrix Plan Reached

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Ladies and gentlemen of Princeton. Start your engines. 

An important milestone was reached tonight in the effort to bring high-speed broadband to Princeton. In tonight’s Princeton Broadband MLP meeting, the directors signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Matrix/Millennium for the purposes of negotiating an agreement between the MLP and Matrix Design Group for the design, financing, and construction of a fiber-to-the-home network within Princeton.  While the MOU is not the final contract to do the network construction, it is a significant step towards that end. (To use a relationship analogy, Princeton entered the “dating stage” with Matrix.)

In this proposed “public/private” venture, Matrix is agreeing to fund the entire cost of building the fiber network throughout the town. But, for our part in this proposed partnership, Princeton would be responsible for ensuring that the town infrastructure is ready for Matrix to do the buildout. In order to do this, there are necessary “make ready” costs that the town needs to pay to get all of the utility poles in proper condition as well as fund other start up costs (police details, etc.).

That’s why, with the MOU signed, the Princeton Broadband MLP recommended to the town Select Board to hold a special town meeting on November 18 at 7pm (at Thomas Prince) for the purpose of voting to borrow funds for “make ready” costs. The Select Board unanimously approved this recommendation.

In order to borrow the funds for make ready, 66% of the voters must approve this proposal. If that vote passes, then broadband will come to our town. An agreement will then be negotiated with Matrix to make this plan a reality.

With all of this news, there are surely many questions that come to mind, such as:

  • How much are the make ready costs?
  • How long will it take for Matrix Design Group to build the network?
  • When can I signup?
  • How much would a monthly subscription cost?
  • Do we have a chance to state funding to pay for some of the make ready costs?

That’s why we will be holding two informational meetings in November (specifics to follow) to provide complete details on the “private/public” plan with Matrix Design Group, make ready costs, subscriber plans, and more. On princetonbroadband.com, we will also provide all of the details you will need to make a fully informed decision on November 18.

So, start your broadband engines! Get ready to get informed and get involved. Most important, make sure you do your part in the coming weeks so that together we can, once and for all, bring high-speed broadband to our town.

Vroooom….