Work begins on broadband infrastructure in Rindge and Dublin

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/9/2020 4:37:42 PM

Work has begun in the town of Rindge on an extensive fiber-to-the-home internet infrastructure.

The clock began ticking for Consolidated Communications this summer, when the town officially secured a bond to pay for the work, which was approved overwhelmingly during March Town Meeting. The $2.6 million bond – paid for by user fees of those who sign onto the service – is intended to provide high-speed internet access to every address in town. Consolidated Communications, which won the bid for the project, has 18 months to complete the work.

That work began in late August, with Consolidated breaking ground on five new infrastructure projects – including Rindge and nearby Dublin – on Aug. 26. Along with Rindge, Dublin, Harrisville, Walpole and Westmoreland all voted in favor of bonds to increase broadband access and signed contracts with Consolidated Communications to do the work.

“Coronavirus didn’t create the need for reliable, high speed broadband in rural communities, but it has brought the need into greater focus,” said Rob Koester, senior vice president of consumer products for Consolidated, in a press release issued by the company last week. “These partnerships ensure rural towns are getting the broadband access their residents need without increasing taxes, and ensuring they have some control in the planning process. We are proud to be working alongside these forward-thinking towns and helping to pave the way for further growth and innovation ahead.”

While the entirety of the town is expected to be connected to the new system by December of 2021, some will see the benefits well before that, as construction is completed and sections of the town are able to sign on. Consolidated expects to start filling orders early in 2021, according to the press release.

In addition to providing connections to residences, the deal also includes one-gigabit service to town buildings. 

Phil Motta, chair of the town’s TelTech Committee said Rindge will be communicating regularly about the process as it unfolds. Maps following the progress of the project will be provided and regularly updated on the town’s website.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.




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