Submitted by

Steve Rakitin, Chair of the Technology Committee

On June 2, the Town of Upton was one of 86 municipalities and school districts across the Commonwealth to be awarded a grant under the Community Compact Cabinet Municipal Fiber Grant program. The Town of Upton received $237,500 to connect various town and school facilities under the first year of this new grant program. Under the terms of the grant, the Town will contribute $12,500 towards the cost of this project.

Announcing the awards in Taunton, Governor Baker said “The delivery of government services, from public safety response to data security, is increasingly reliant upon strong and cohesive internet infrastructure,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This new Community Compact Cabinet program is the latest example of our Administration’s commitment to partnering with cities and towns to better serve residents, and we are proud to support their efforts to strengthen their municipal networks.”

Currently, each town building has an individual internet connection. Maintaining all of the internet connections, VPNs, and firewalls requires a significant amount of IT support. By connecting all town facilities with fiber optic cable, the security and resilience of Upton’s network will be significantly improved. The Technology Committee worked collaboratively with the MURSD IT Director Joe Leacu to develop the grant application with the goal of improving internet service and overall network security for town facilities while reducing IT infrastructure and support costs. Town buildings to be connected include:

  • Town Hall
  • Police and Fire Stations
  • DPW Garage and Maple Ave Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Community Center and Risteen Building
  • Recreation Building at Kiwanis Beach

In addition, the town’s fiber network will include a drop for BVT should they decide to connect in the future as well as a connection to the existing MURSD fiber network. This improvement to town network infrastructure coincides with the recently approved memorandum of understanding between the Town and MURSD regarding the sharing of IT support staff. Joe Leacu, the MURSD IT Director, has been instrumental in working with the Town to improve our IT support and infrastructure.

The Technology Committee members who worked on the grant application included: John Bouthiette, Charles Borghetti, David Lane, David Brooks and Rob Bruno with additional input from Joe Leacu. Work on installation of fiber cabling is expected to begin during the summer and early fall.