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The Wendell Broadband Committee Mission

To facilitate the acquisition and installation of a high-speed Broadband network in Wendell by:

  1. Continuing to work towards bringing internet and technology to the entire town with an emphasis on high speed access to our schools, library, town hall, police and fire departments, small businesses, homebound residents, disabled residents, and seniors; 
  2. Continuing to analyze costs and financial options (whether in committee or by acquiring consult) to assure fiscal responsibility during construction and operation of upcoming network; 
  3. Working closely with Wendell's Select Board, who is the current acting Board for "Wired Wendell", our Municipal Light Plant (MLP), making recommendations to the Board (MLB) as necessary and appropriate; 
  4. Finding solutions that will best protect the rural character and pristine natural resources of our community;
  5. Finding solutions that support a local economy, local control, affordable and sustainable options to subscribers, and bring fiscally responsible and sustainable options for the town with regards to our Municipal Light Plant;  
  6. Consulting with, and working closely with our neighboring towns of Shutesbury, Leverett and New Salem; and 
  7. Working closely with EOHED, Westfield Gas & Electric, and Whip City Fiber, to assure that Wendell’s best interests are being served during the design, make-ready, light-up, and operation phases of the network. 

The Wendell Broadband Committee aims to create a town-owned fiber-optic network making high-speed Internet available to every Wendell residence and business. After many years of hard work, we are now underway. The current goal of operational service is January 2020. 

The Broadband Committee oversees both the construction and operations side of the project, alongside the MLB/Selectboard and Finance Committee. We are researching and looking toward managing the MLP in the best interest of the town which currently includes electing or appointing a separate municipal light board to run the MLP separate from the town and utilizing an MLP Enterprise Fund which remains part of town accounts. We continue to watch the developing discussions from legal and financial professionals in the private sector and within state agencies as new laws and policies define, for the first time, the management of an internet-only utility. 

Wendell has contracted with Westfield Gas and Electric (WG&E), a 118-year-old municipal utility, to design, engineer, and construct our network. We are also moving forward to contract with WG&E/Whip City Fiber to be our network operator (NO) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) As a municipal light plant, WG&E/WCF prioritizes bringing high-quality service at the lowest possible cost. Through WG&E, Whip City Fiber has completed a construction design and our "make-ready" preliminary work has begun (Spring 2019). 

We encourage you to come to any and all meetings to learn more or email the committee: broadbandcommittee.wendellmass.us. Our goad is to help all residents understand the details, feasibility, and impact of this exciting project. 



Minutes 6-13-2006

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Meeting came to order at 7:15pm

Intros. Present were: Robert Heller, David Powicki, David Scott, Frank Citino, Dan Mishkirel, Stephen Bannasch, Tom Williams, Weezie (Marie Louise) Houle, Aron Goldman (arrived late), Rob Brooks, Sarena Neyman, and Robbie Leppzer.

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Wendell Broadband Meeting 4/11/06

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Minutes taken by Robbie Leppzer.

Meeting called to order: 7:05pm at Shutesbury, Town Hall (joint meeting with Leverett-Shutesbury Broadband Committee.).

Present: Lisa Hoag, Robbie Heller, Robbie Leppzer and Dave Scott from Wendell. Plus Weezue (Marie Louise) Houle, Steve Rice, Aron Goldberg, Rob Brooks, Dan Mishkirel, Frank Citino, David Powicki and Stephen Bannasch from Shutesbury and Leverett.

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Minutes 3-14-2006

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Meeting called to order at 7:15, March 14, 2006 at the Leverett Town Hall.

Present were: Harow Addison, Glen Ayers, Fred Bashour, Bob Brooks, Frank Citino, Aron Goldman, Robert Heller Lisa Hoag, Dan Mishkirel, and Dave Scott.

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 ATM Budget 2020 with adjustments

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 2020 Budget as changed at ATM

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