Internet availability, or the lack thereof, has been a frequent topic of discussion and in many cases, angst, over the last decade. Even with the AT&T cell tower offering interim relief, those of us who use it for data have seen a pronounced degradation over holiday weekends due peak demand. Fortunately, there is progress being made. For homes in New Marlborough, the town has entered into an agreement with Spectrum and work is underway. The targeted go live date is in the first half of 2021.
For residents on the other side of the lake in Monterey, the log jam between the State and Fiber Connect (FC) has been broken and the State will release about $1.1 million to FC to wire 96% of the town with fiber optic lines PROVIDED 51% of the Monterey households commit now. Without that commitment, the State will not release the funding and FC will not move forward. Furthermore, since FC has already wired a significant portion of Monterey, no other company will likely enter the market.
As of July, 2020 FC had received commitments from 39%. If you are interested in true broadband and have not contacted FC about your interest, you may want to do so now. In addition, FC is offering some very attractive installation discounts if you commit now.
Even if you don’t see the need personally for broadband access, it is fair to say your property values will be adversely impacted by the lack of broadband availability. https://www.fiberconnect.website/