Fiber To The Home

This page provides information on the status of Broadband installation in Ashfield.  The project is called Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and it is being managed by Westfield Gas & Electric.


Construction Stages

There are several construction stages during the build of the broadband infrastructure.  The stages are:

  • Strand - A steel cable is hung
  • Fiber - Fiber optic cable is hung
  • Lashing - Fiber cable lashed to the strand
  • MSTs - Multi-port Service Terminals, which will provide the connectors between the premise cable and the distribution network cable are placed
  • Splicing - Individual fibers from the bundle in the fiber optic cable are spliced to MSTs
  • Testing - Each terminal of the MST is tested for connectivity back to the hub at Belding Library


Installation Status

FSA1




StreetStrandFiberLashingMSTsSplicing
Route 112February 11



Spruce Corner
February 19




Cape Street
February 24
March 12

March 19
Plainfield RoadFebruary 27



Watson Spruce CornerFebruary 27



West RoadFebruary 27March 5


Steady LaneMarch 4




FSA2




StreetStrandFiber
Lashing
MSTsSplicing
Route 116February 11



Ashfield Mountain Road
February 11




Buckland RoadFebruary 11



Smith RoadFebruary 11



Suburban Road
February 12




Norton Hill RoadFebruary 12



West Road
February 17


March 26
Bug Hill RoadFebruary 17



Liliput RoadFebruary 17




FSA3




Street
Strand
Fiber
Lashing
MSTsSplicing
Conway RoadFebruary 5February 11February 19

Williamsburg RoadFebruary 19March 19March 20March 26
Bullit RoadFebruary 17March 13


Murray RoadFebruary 17



Hill RoadFebruary 24February 24


Ludwig Road
March 17


Burton Hill Road


March 19
Creamery Road

March 27


FSA4




Street
Strand
Fiber
LashingMSTsSplicing
Baptist Corner RoadJanuary 27February 11
February 19
March 10
Main StreetJanuary 28



Barnes RoadJanuary 29March 12March 16March 18
March RoadJanuary 29March 3
March 16
Beldingville RoadJanuary 30February 27February 27March 12
Phillips RoadJanuary 30February 17February 17

Pfersick RoadJanuary 30March 10March 10March 12
Warger RoadJanuary 31February 17February 17

Murray RoadFebruary 3February 25


Bellus RoadFebruary 3March 5
March 16
Graves RoadFebruary 5

March 16
Emmet Road
March 19



FSA5




StreetStrandFiber
Lashing
MSTsSplicing
Hawley RoadFebruary 12



Bear Swamp RoadFebruary 19



Old Stage RoadFebruary 17



South Cemetery RoadFebruary 17



Ashfield Mountain RoadFebruary 24March 3March 3

Bug Hill RoadFebruary 25



Apple Valley RoadFebruary 25March 3March 3


Certified Complete

No FSA is certified complete to date.  As work is completed and certified to be completed they will be listed in this section.  

Ashfield Broadband Service Area - 2018.04.02


How to Sign-up for Broadband Service

If you are an Ashfield resident and have not yet applied to receive internet and telephone service then it’s not too late to do so.  Application for service is still open and can be done at Whip City Fiber.   Someone will contact you to inform you of installation cost as your premise installation nears.  If you apply for service, you are not obligated to take service if you change your mind before your premise has been wired to the network.


Who’s Doing the Work

The Town authorized $2.3M in borrowing plus an additional approximately $240,000 in annual allocations to fund broadband construction. The Commonwealth has contributed $1.41M and committed to funding some overage costs. Once the service is up and running it will be sustained by subscriber fees.

Westfield Gas and Electric currently is the project manager overseeing the FTTH project until it is completed.  WG&E, operating as Whip City Fiber, will also manage internet service and network operations.

Sertex LLC is providing the installation of the fiber wires on the poles throughout the town.  They are not responsible for installations from the pole to the premises.    

The network hub is the fiber optic interconnection point and contains the switching electronics. It will be located in the basement of Belding Library.  It is currently under construction.

Home installations will begin after a Fiber Service Area (FSA) is certified. Whip City Fiber will contact homeowners to schedule installations.