Broadband service inches closer to reality
by Margo Avakian
Dec 20, 2012 | 1839 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HALIFAX- Curtis Carroll reported to his fellow broadband committee members that Karen Marshall, the state official overseeing efforts to expand access, told him Halifax will definitely have wireless service from VTel by the end of 2013. That has been the target date for some time, but until now, no one has been able to get any hard information on the project’s progress. Earl Holtz and Marilyn Allen added reports on their conversations with VTel employees indicating that specific potential transmitter sites within Halifax, in particular one in Halifax Center, are now being investigated. Carroll said that, according to Marshall, some (unidentified) sites in Whitingham, Wilmington, and Marlboro are also being looked into. Some expansion of FairPoint service is underway as well, Carroll said, happily noting that DSL will soon be available at his Hanson Road home. Finally, FairPoint has received a grant supporting extension of its fiber-optic lines.

Holtz reported at a previous meeting on a projected cell phone corridor along Route 112. At that time, it was thought that a backup photo voltaic array would be placed at the town garage, but, Holtz said, engineers examining possible sites for the array expressed far greater enthusiasm for placing it at the school. This is all still speculative, Holtz said, as “they still don’t know if they got the grant.”

In discussions on the town’s official website, Jessica Bruno suggested adding a page dedicated to listing town-sponsored events. Town clerk Patricia Dow supported the idea and suggested a second new page listing local businesses and services.

Providers would be listed only with their permission, and would agree to notify the town if they closed the business or ceased to offer the service, allowing the directory to be kept up to date. The committee voted to add both pages.

The next meeting of the committee will take place on Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30 pm. As always, the public is encouraged to attend.

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