Contractor chosen to install broadband around Alford
While estimates suggest that the Alford fiber-to-home network could be providing internet to the town in spring 2018, there is much work to be accomplished. Work will begin next week — weather permitting, according to a written announcement of the deal by the Alford Municipal Lighting Plant. It is still not known how much customers might be charged for service.
A concrete equipment shelter, backup generator and power supplies are on order and need to arrive and be installed.
Fiber-optic lines need to be run above and below ground along Alford's roadways. The lines need to be connected to homes via "service drops," a process that might begin in early 2018.
People need to sign up for the services they want: internet or internet and voice over internet phone service. And finally, in-home activation.
The town has received a $480,000 grant from the state to defray installation and design costs for the "last mile" leg of the project.
For information, visit alfordmamlp.com.
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