One of the common questions that we get asked quite frequently is whether or not the idea of building a townwide fiber optic network is a “bleeding edge” solution or something that is “tried & true” and done before by other communities.
In fact, as the map indicates, there are dozens of examples of towns that have already built a municipal fiber optic network and are operating it successfully today.
You can find out details on many of these community networks by clicking on the map, which will take you to an interactive map compiled by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, an organization that monitors and tracks municipally owned networks.
But, we don’t have to just turn to long-distance examples, such as Kansas City or Saltville, VA. Consider three examples of communities just around the corner from Princeton:
- Westfield, MA installed its still-used network in the early 1990s and has subsequently paid off all installation costs.
- Shrewsbury, MA has been operating a municipal fiber network for over a decade.
- Rindge, NH has recently finished their fiber network and are now taking subscribers.
Many other Massachusetts towns, such as Leverett, are at various points in the process of planning fiber networks to connect to the Mass Broadband system.