Consolidated Communications launches sign-up pages for fiber for local communities

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/27/2020 8:23:54 AM

Pre-registration websites have been launched for fiber internet projects currently under construction in Mason, Dublin and Rindge, as Consolidated Communications begins to wrap up its construction phases and prepares for connection and testing stages.

Rindge and Dublin approved bonds in March to partner with Consolidated Communications for fiber internet to every address in their towns. Mason is also in the midst of a fiber upgrade, using broadband expansion funds available through the COVID-19 stimulus CARES package.

All three communities can now pre-register for fiber service, and obtain more information about pricing packages for 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 1 Gig upload and download speeds.

Phil Motta, chair of the Rindge TelTech Committee, said Consolidated Communications is currently on track to start connecting customers in Rindge for the testing phase as soon as December.

“It’s taking time, and I know we all would like it immediately, but it’s coming,” Motta said.

Projects such as Dublin and Rindge’s bonding agreement with Consolidated Communications took almost a year of preparation work, and Motta said that work is paying off for Rindge now, as they prepare to substantially improve internet connectivity in town, at a point where more people than ever need a fast connection as they work and study from home due to the coronavirus.

“It’s good that we got done what we did when we did, because other communities are scrambling for a solution right now, and who knows how much funds will be available for these kinds of projects next year,” Motta said. “The need for internet is more than ever.”

“It’s huge,” said Mason Broadband Committee member Mike Judge. “I don’t know how the other towns are feeling about it, but it’s a big, big win for us.”

Judge advised that residents who are interested in fiber internet use the websites to pre-register, as areas with pre-registered customers may receive priority.

He also advised that residents make sure they are ready to accept a fiber connection. Fiber is expected to be connected through the same conduit that most residents use to receive their electricity or phone connection. However, some residents’ conduits may not meet the current specifications, or homes may not have a conduit. Judge said residents with any doubts should contact an electrician to check.

Rates for Rindge residents are currently being advertised at $72.65 per month for 50 Mbps, $84.76 per month for 100 Mbps, and $97.31 per month for 1 gigabit.

Dublin is expected to pay similar rates, at $76.35 per month for 50 Mbps, $88.46 for 100 Mbps, or $101.01 per month for 1 gigabit.

Mason residents are expected to receive rates of $64.85 for 50 Mbps, $76.96 for 100 Mbps and $89.51 for 1 gigabit.

All projected costs include a promotional two-year contract, the cost of a wireless router, and infrastructure fees, and installation.

For more information, to sign up for updates, and to pre-register, residents of Mason, Rindge and Dublin should visit consolidated.com/Mason, consolidated.com/Rindge and consolidated.com/Dublin.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7171 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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