I received a flyer in the mail from Consolidated.com that says they will be offering fiber internet connections in Brattleboro soon. I found a couple stories on iBrattleboro that do not paint Consolidated in the best light and which suggest Consolidated has been offering internet services in Brattleboro already for some time:
Is Consolidated the company that took over Fairpoint’s operations after a bankruptcy? I’m fuzzy on the history here.
Here is Consolidated’s web page about fiber in Brattleboro:
Last time I looked several weeks ago the page said they were in Phase 3-splicing and now it says they are in Phase 4-Testing and PreOrders. Anyone know anything more about this fiber rollout? They say it will cover “Brattleboro, Dummerston, East Dummerston, Guilford, Marlboro, Putney, Vernon, West Brattleboro and West Dummerston” but the page doesn’t really say exactly where fiber will be available or whether the more rural areas there will be covered. Have they talked to the town about this plan? Are they stringing new fiber? I registered on the web page for updates but only received a “welcome!” email in response; there was no email when they changed from Phase3 to Phase4.
I’ve been trying out Starlink as an alternative to Comcast and have found that the dish seems to only want to use a single line of satellites near our northern horizon, which is partially blocked by tall pines for me, I may have to put the dish on a mast. Maybe as more of the sky is filled with Starlink satellites my coverage will improve (the service is still in Beta), though I find it odd that the dish doesn’t currently try to use the more southern satellites which are more directly overhead. If fiber really was going to be available soon that might be another option to consider.