Cummington Connect Updates!

Week of June 29, 2020

Week of June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020

Dear Cummington Residents,

We are happy to report that almost all of the infrastructure construction has been completed. All of the strand and fiber cables are up, all of the msts (connectors) have been placed. There is still splicing to be completed, and lots of testing. The first FSA (field service area) to be completed is FSA 03. It has been released from the contractor, TriWire, to Whip City for the next phase of testing. As we noted last time, this OPM testing will take a couple of weeks and then the installation process can begin. Our hope was to have this done a few weeks back, but, it is done now and the good news is that all of the other construction is actually a bit ahead of schedule, so all of the various sections of town should be falling into line for testing soon.

The hub is outfitted, all the panels are in. MBI moved the middle mile fibers at the Berkshire Trail building last week. The cards, and all the active components will be installed into the OLT (Optical Line Terminal) at the hub this coming week. These connect the customer to the network and are used for the conversion between the electrical signals used by the service provider's equipment and the fiber optic signals used by the passive optical network.

What about underground connections? If you are in FSA 03, you should have gotten or will soon get, a phone call from Westfield Gas and Electric for a consult. All other FSAs will soon follow. These are critical and must be done before the underground connections can be done.

What's next?

Crews continue to work on splicing and testing. The active components are being installed in the hub. The customer service reps are contacting all the underground connection customers for consults. FSA 03 is going through the final testing before the installations can begin. All the other FSAs are on track.

What's the POD for?

You may have noticed that we now have a storage pod parked at the Berkshire Trail Building. This is for all of the installation materials. All of the drops are mapped out and all of the installation material is premeasured. As each installation is scheduled, these materials are carefully checked out of the the pod to ensure that materials are properly distributed.

We post where the crews will be every day on the main page of the town website under Recent News, as well as on both Facebook and Twitter.

Broadband Signups

The figures in the chart below move around a bit, but are basically the same. Please remember that you can still make changes, eg. switch from a cold drop to a service drop. Just go back to the WCF sign up page and put in your changes, call WCF customer service ,1-413-485-1251, or email the MLP committee and we can help you out.
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Progress Tracking

This is just a gif of the progress tracker for FSA03 The colors correspond to various stages of construction from make-ready, to fiber placement, splicing and testing. If it's blinking, it is in progress. The map is updated constantly and shows us where we are in the project.
June 29 fsa 03 progress
June 29 MLP update

Cummington MLP

Allan Douglas, MLP Manager

Maureen Tumenas

Scott Keith

Brenda Arbib

Mike Perkins

Having trouble? Who do you call?

Once things are up and running... If your internet is down- call Whip City 413-485-1204

If your power is out- call Eversource: 800-592-2000

If your landline is out- call Verizon: 1-800-922-0204