The GCET story is about a community doing for itself what no one else would. Many times, over many years, the City asked its phone and cable companies to invest in broadband infrastructure upgrades and the expansion of services. We saw promising businesses move out of Greenfield due to outmoded or inaccessible broadband, and we were unable to attract other businesses that loved our physical location but needed a better communications experience.
In September 2011 Greenfield had just lost a high-tech start-up due to the city’s inadequate broadband. That year Greenfield’s Mayor, William Martin, established an economic development strategy: to build a 21st century telecommunications infrastructure to support every resident and business now and well into the future. GCET was formed with the overwhelming approval of voters and the unanimous support of the Town Council in both 2014 and 2015. In 2015 GCET was created by the state Legislature and it was then that GCET became your community-owned voice, data and Internet provider. In 2011 Mayor Martin articulated GCET’s Mission, a mission which remains unchanged today: 'To provide every resident and business with the bandwidth they need, on any device, whatever their location, at no cost to taxpayers.'
Community Broadband 2.0
FTTP (fiber to the premises) has been the standard for high-speed broadband networks, but the cost of building fiber to the home and business made FTTP impossible to achieve. Couple this with the fact that most of today's internet usage takes place on mobile devices and FTTP becomes a non-starter. GCET recognized this back in 2011 when we were in the planning stage and came up with a better solution.
GCET has redefined how homes and businesses connect to the Internet - we call it GreenLight. GreenLight is a combination of our 10Gbps fiber optic core, distribution and access networks, coupled with 900+ 1.7Gbps wireless anywhere/everywhere local access points. The result is one seamless fixed and mobile network that extends throughout town which provides private, secured Internet at home, at work and while you're on the move.
It seems like we were onto something back in 2011 when we initially designed GreenLight. In major U.S. markets businesses like Google Fiber, AT&T, Verizon and others are now restructuring their FTTP business models in favor of the hybrid fiber/wireless strategy .
today: 'To provide every resident and business with the bandwidth they need, on any device, whatever their location, at no cost to taxpayers.'
We call our home and business internet services TrueSpeed Internet - and it’s not just a name. TrueSpeed means fast download and equally fast upload speeds because fast downloads alone don’t cut it anymore. That’s why we built TrueSpeed to be synchronous, so your uploads move just as fast as your downloads. And we’re talking super-fast!
Your Community. Your Network.
Imagine a network designed from the ground-up, built for the way we access the Internet today and adaptable for the future. A network that meets us where we are without interruption: at home, at work, at play and on the go. Welcome to GreenLight: the network that was built for you!