Princeton Residents Invited to Try Out Ultra-Fast Internet at Princeton Library from April 29 – May 3
You have heard us talking for 18 months on this web site about ultra-fast internet, bandwidth speeds, fiber optics, broadband technology comparisons, and so on. However, enough talk — it’s time to see a fiber optic network in action! That’s why, from April 29 to May 3, you will be able to witness first-hand the blazing speeds of a fiber optic internet connection and see how life changing it can be compared to existing internet solutions offered in town.
If you are a Princeton resident, you are invited to experience high-speed Internet access during the week of April 29 to May 3 at the Princeton Public Library. Sponsored by fiber optic vendors Calix and Matrix Design Group, the event will feature hands-on access to the library’s new fiber optic network with connection speeds of up to 50 megabytes per second. The new broadband network was recently installed by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute through its initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to rural “unserved” communities in Western and Central Massachusetts, including Princeton.
Public access is available April 29-May 2 during the library’s normal hours of operation.
A more detailed special event is set for Saturday, May 3 from noon to 5 pm that will feature demonstrations, comparison tests with existing services, a closer look at equipment needed by subscribers, and the opportunity to meet with representatives from Matrix, the company preparing a final draft of a joint proposal to cover the costs to install the $3-$4 million network directly to Princeton homes.
According to Chris Lynch, Northeast senior account representative for Matrix, “This is a great opportunity for residents to meet with us and to learn more about the benefits of a having in-home access to a faster Internet. Many in town are currently served by speeds no faster than 1-2 megabytes per second, some even less. Considering that a typical song from iTunes can be downloaded in just two seconds at 50 mbps, users will be extremely impressed with the potential of having in-home access with this high rate of speed.”
Lynch further explained that while Internet speeds will vary due to the number of users on-line at the same time and other variables, Princeton residents are expected to receive close to the highest rate of Internet speed currently available for residential use nationwide.
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One word of warning from Princetonbroadband.com: Once you experience the fiber optic speeds, we expect many Princeton residents will tempted to relocate their homes to the library until a fiber optic network is built out throughout the town. Sorry to burst your bubble, but we don’t believe that the library is accepting boarders at this time.