Mount Washington, MA, rolls out municipal FTTH broadband network

Feb. 6, 2017
Citizens of Mount Washington, a town of 145 in nestled within a state forest in Massachusetts, will soon have access to high-speed broadband services thanks to a municipally backed fiber to the home (FTTH) network.

Citizens ofMount Washington, a town of 145 in nestled within a state forest in Massachusetts, will soon have access to high-speed broadband services thanks to a municipally backed fiber to the home (FTTH) network.

The town will own the active Ethernet network and lease capacity to service providers. The town is working with White Mountain Cable (a subsidiary of Dycom) and eX2 Technology, a broadband network deployment services company, on the FTTH deployment, which it expects will take nine months to complete. White Mountain Cable will provide fiber-optic network construction, including fiber splicing, termination, and testing. eX2 will verify the proposed broadband route and fiber-optic cable placement, pole attachment agreements, permitting, outside plant design, headend, network, and optical network design.

The FTTH network will connect to MassBroadband's middle-mile backbone via a termination point at Mount Washington's Town Hall.

"High-speed internet access has become an essential service in today's economy, similar to that of electricity," said Gail Garrett, a member of the Town of Mount Washington's selectboard. "We believe our town deserves the same opportunity to connect to the internet as those in larger communities, and, in building our own fiber to the home broadband network, we are taking an important step in securing our community's long-term vitality and sustainability."

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