LEVERETT — Already viewed as a model for how a small town can build and operate a high-speed Internet system for its residents, the Leverett Municipal Light Plant announced this week that prices for LeverettNet broadband and phone service will be reduced beginning in January.
Denzel Hankinson, a member of the municipal light plant, said the decision to lower monthly fees was made as a way to spread the benefit to subscribers after completing the build-out.
“None of it was a great surprise,” Hankinson said. “It was simply a case of assembling things in ways that were best for the subscriber base.”
Select Board member Peter d’Errico, who is also a member of the municipal light plant, said $5 per month was originally included as part of the monthly bills for potential legacy needs, such as fax machines and other equipment that might not be compatible with the broadband network. It turned out, though, that no residents were using obsolete equipment.
Beginning with the January billing, the price will drop from $44.95 to $39.95 per month for combined phone and Internet. Telephone alone will go down from $29.95 down to $24.95 per month.
The median residence will also see a lower-than-anticipated impact on property taxes, with $219 per year for the financing bond to build the network, much lower than the original estimate of close to $300 per year.