westfield gas and electric gray backgroundCan Westfield Gas & Electric do broadband for the hilltowns the way it has for parts of Westfield?

In 2015, the municipal utility, doing business as Whip City Fiber, offered to build a fiber optic network to a pilot group of about 240 homes and businesses in Westfield. Then recently, the city approved a $15 million bond that will enable Whip City Fiber to expand its “fiber hood” to reach another 12,000 homes — or about 70 percent of the city — over the next two years. (The remaining 30 percent of homes are with Comcast.)

“We are the game-changer here,” John Leary, IT supervisor for WG&E, told at least 40 officials from towns still waiting for broadband access this week.

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