Improving broadband services in Cambridge has been one area of focus for our team. We recently met with Pilot Fiber, a broadband supplier pioneering new ways to make fiber more accessible in New York. They operate by leasing out unused fiber infrastructure and bringing high speed internet to businesses. This allows them to provide service that is competitive with (and in fact far out-performs) major companies like Comcast.
They are currently working with businesses in Manhattan, and hope to expand to include residential services soon. Many parallels can be drawn between their work in Manhattan and Cambridge. Right now, they’re working with high density buildings (~20 businesses per building) -- something we have no shortage of here. Our hope is that by chasing every lead, including Pilot Fiber, we’ll eventually find a cost-effective solution that brings reliable, residential, cost-effective solutions to Cambridge residents as an alternative to Comcast. Right now Pilot Fiber is, appropriately, in a pilot phase. It’s too expensive for residential deployment and, if it does come to Cambridge, will be targeted to businesses
We'll keep you posted while we harangue Comcast and Verizon (for being awful about infrastructure and service in Cambridge), study municipal broadband as an alternative, and search for miracles.
To see more about Pilot Fiber check out their website. https://pilotfiber.com/