Tamworth Broadband

by DQ on February 22, 2010

One of the clear priorities to emerge from the Master Plan process is expanded broadband coverage for Tamworth. The Tamworth Economic Development Committee (TEDC) has been exploring possible ways to accomplish this. Even with the various internet options available from the major providers for Tamworth, not everyone is currently able to obtain high speed internet where they live. Recently a statewide grant application for Federal funds, targeted for rural broadband, was unsuccessful.So, we are gathering information to determine if there is enough interest to support a locally operated wireless broadband network, modeled on Gunnar Berg’s successful Cyberpine network in Sandwich.
Simply put, we would broadcast high speed internet wirelessly from hilltops in town, to receivers at subscriber’s homes, at a competitive cost. The first step toward developing this plan is to find out who would use it, so we can determine exactly what it will take to build a network that will provide the option of reliable, affordable high speed internet to Tamworth residents.

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Joan Gilmour March 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

PLEASE find a way to get the service up the mountain Road in South Tamworth! While we don’t have a great many houses on the road, there is a very high usage of the internet in those that are there, and we really need high speed.

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Rick Scanlon April 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Would be nice to see faster internet speed up here. It would encourage more ebusiness, and improve existing business owners abilities to use internet options. I plan to use it, and often when offered.

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Rick Scanlon April 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm

With dial up, I can walk to the internet faster. We need a better option here.

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Steve May 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Would be nice to see faster internet speed up here. It would encourage more ebusiness, and improve existing business owners abilities to use internet options. I plan to use it, and often when offered.

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Emily June 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm

PLEASE find a way to get the service up the mountain Road in South Tamworth! While we don’t have a great many houses on the road, there is a very high usage of the internet in those that are there, and we really need high speed.

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Will Brown September 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I live on Washington Hill Road on the northeast side. I moved from a home in Sebago, Me, where I had cable and I worked from home. I was very productive. I currently use Hughesnet for internet service and am unable to use for work applications (I have a need for speed). I’ve contacted Time Warner twice to ask them to run cable up Washington Hill. The first time they told me that if I paid them $3,500 they would run a cable from Route 16 to the house. The second time I called them the price went up to $35,000, yes two digits before the comma. Thank you for your efforts and I hope that the Washington Hillers are able to benefit from your efforts as well.

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Gerald Allain September 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I too live on Washington Hill Rd and have also contacted Time Warner, Verizon and FairPoint about broadband. Those estimayes you say you were quoted are the same I got. Since April I have been using Verizon. No change of satilite dish like hughs but use only a usb disc insert. Cost is $40 mo. for 1024 mb/1 gb or $60 for 5 gb. It is costly to have high speed internet compared to cable or telephone compsny offers.
Wish we had the choices.

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