Alford’s 2014 Broadband Survey is still underway

Most of you are aware that the Alford Broadband Committee initiated another broadband survey in February. We thank all of you who have taken the time to send us your completed broadband survey forms. We are still processing the forms and creating informative results from your submissions. These results will help us in our negotiations with potential designers, builders and providers. If you did not fill out and return a broadband survey form, you can E-mail Us to find out how to get one.

Upon reviewing your survey forms and reading your comments, I noticed that quite a few residents still drive into Great Barrington in order to obtain access to open WiFi networks when they do not have high speed internet access at home. If you are one of these residents, please be aware that the town provides a freely-available WiFi “hot spot” within the Alford Town Hall, and access is available there on Weekdays from 8:00am to 3:00pm, as well as on Saturdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

Sincerely,
Arthur Dellea
A member of the Alford Broadband Committee

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Bald eagle spotted in Alford

Bald Eagle in AlfordBruce Dellea, a life-long resident of Alford, captured some beautiful pictures of a Bald Eagle near Alford Road and Old Great Barrington Road on Thursday, March 20th 2014. The Bald Eagle’s natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico. It is the only sea eagle endemic to North America, it’s an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, and it’s more commonly found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

In other wildlife news; we’ve gotten word that a black bear may be out and about, it has probably just woken up from its winter slumber. Keep safety in mind when you encounter bears in your yard and bears in the wild.

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CTSB to offer internet video streaming in 2014

ctsbtv.orgWill Ryan is a resident of Alford and is also the president of local CTSB television. CTSB is moving into a new building in 2014, and one of their anticipations is to allow internet video streaming once they have upgraded to all digital HD equipment at their new location. This will be a great opportunity for residents of Alford to see some excellent, truly local television programming via the internet in the near future!
The Alford Broadband Committee realizes that many of you still do not have sufficient internet and telephone connections in Alford. We have made tremendous headway on our proposed fiber build-out project in recent months, and we continue to push ahead to meet our goal… which is to give everyone in Alford the opportunity to have state-of-the-art, problem-free FTTH connections.
Sincerely,
Arthur Dellea
A member of the Alford Broadband Committee

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Alford Broadband Survey 2014

Broadband CommitteeVery shortly, Alford homeowners and residents will receive a survey from the Alford Select Board intended to gather information about your current telephone and Internet service. This very short survey is a critical step in moving forward with efforts to bring high-speed Internet service to every home in Alford. The Alford Broadband Committee has made steady progress towards this goal. Indeed, a proposal with cost estimates, which looks like a feasible plan, is now in hand.

In order to clearly evaluate the economics of this plan, we do need to understand how residents currently fulfill their electronic communications – both Internet and phone – and what their costs are. This information will help the Alford Broadband and Finance Committees develop an informed and realistic model of possible ways to structure this undertaking. Please look out for this survey and help us move forward by completing and returning it in the envelope enclosed. All responses will remain confidential.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

The Alford Broadband Committee

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More relevant weather conditions

WundergroundThe weather information that you have seen on the town web site in recent years has been hosted by Wunderground.com, which brings you more relevant local weather conditions because it’s comprised of a network of global weather enthusiast’s personal weather stations as well as national weather network information.

The weather plugin on the web site became somewhat outdated and wasn’t supplying us with direct weather information for our town. I’ve replaced the plugin with a newer version that has allowed me to connect directly with a weather station that one of our very own residents is hosting here in Alford on Route 71. The most current weather info displayed in the weather button is direct from his station, and clicking on the button will provide you with mountains of relevant weather information, including current conditions and weather history from his station as well as our surrounding area, severe weather warnings and updates, radar maps and other conditions.

Take it easy while you’re out there shoveling snow around your home; you may want to read my snow shoveling safety tips.
Sincerely, Arthur Dellea

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