Do you want better internet and phone options in Rowe? Our best hope is WiredWest Communications Cooperative Corporation, which is a non-profit Municipal Utility Cooperative which Rowe townspeople voted to be part of.
WiredWest is making plans to bring extremely high-speed and reliable fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to all who want it within the participating towns. The advantages include:
- Much higher speed and more reliable internet than anything currently available in Rowe.
- Integrated phone service that will be clearer and more reliable than Verizon's service
- It will be available for everyone that wants it, even those who can't currently get DS
- Integrated cable TV will be an option.
- Since it is non-profit and locally run, the price, service and reliability should be as good—or better—than for-profit ISP's can provide.
WiredWest will be applying for grants and venture capital to build the network, and then operate it from subscription fees. In order to make the plans and prioritize the development, they are taking a survey, asking residents of all participating towns if they are interested in service. The survey is not a firm commitment, but they need good faith expression of interest. Most other towns have 50% or more returns. Rowe only has about 25%. Unless we can get more people to respond, we will be at the bottom of the priority list which means it will take longer for us to finally get service. There is no downside to taking the survey, and the more people who express interest, the sooner we might get service.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey by March 31. More info about WiredWest's plans can be found on their website: http://wired-west.net/. There is a link to the survey in the upper right hand corner of the home page.
If you have already filled out the survey, there is no need to do it again. If you are not able to access the survey via the internet, please call David Dvore 339-8523 for help.
Rowe Broadband Committee