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South Hadley’s internet hooking up homes



Staff Writer
Saturday, September 07, 2019

SOUTH HADLEY — The town’s municipal internet service, Fibersonic, has reached its first three neighborhoods, with four more neighborhoods likely to be added within the year. 

The neighborhoods — which some call “fiberhoods” — each consist of about 250 customers. So far, the areas surrounding Old Lyman Road, Ridge Road and, most recently, Hollywood Street, have been connected to the service, offered by South Hadley Electric Light Department. 

“Our construction and our project management was going so well that we were able to add a third neighborhood into the mix,” said light department General Manager Sean Fitzgerald, “and in addition, the interest levels were so high.

“That’s really the exciting part,” he said, “that there is such high interest from customers, which makes it easier to make decisions to increase your construction.”

The next four neighborhoods slated to receive Fibersonic are Charon Terrace, Crystal Lane, Pheasant Lane, and Parkview Drive. 

Neighborhoods are added based on level of interest, which residents can express on the light department’s Fibersonic website

“We’re trying to build out as fast as we can,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s a multiyear process, but we anticipate getting to everyone in the next four to five years.”

Establishing the network will cost an estimated $8 to $11 million, Fitzgerald told the Gazette in December. The service provides residential gig-speed internet for $74.95 per month.