Five College Net History

In 2007 the Five College consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst completed a fiber optic network stretching from Springfield, MA, up and around the five campuses. The 53-mile-long network furnishes virtually unlimited bandwidth for educational and research purposes to the member institutions of Five Colleges, Incorporated, which oversaw its construction. With its excess capacity in a region underserved by high-speed Internet access, Five Colleges, Incorporated created Five College Net as a for-profit venture to offer dark fiber to businesses and organizations in western Massachusetts.

Five College Net Mission

Our mission at Five College Net is to provide our customers with state of the art, cost-effective network solutions using dark fiber optic networks with the capacity and speed to accommodate many resource intensive applications at high transmission rates. Five College Net provides enterprise customers and service providers in Massachusetts' Hampshire and Hampden counties with state of the art, custom built, carrier-neutral dark fiber optical networks. Because Five College Net owns nearly all the network that it operates and maintain, it provides customers with a low cost of operation while delivering high levels of reliability and control of network assets. Five College Net provides customers the option to use its existing dark fiber network as an extension of their own networks, or to build new, dedicated, private fiber networks to meet their broadband needs. Five College Net also offers direct connectivity to carrier-neutral colocation facilities where customers can choose from a variety of networks and services.