We received the following update from NorthfieldWifi regarding their progress:
"I wanted to give an update as to where NorthfiedWiFi stands today. On Thursday [Dec 14, 2018], we finished our River Falls build-out. We are on the Gulf View Water Tower, which sits up on the hill by the golf course.
From this location, we are able to service some parts of Clifton Township! So that is good news. It's been a long process, but we still have some work to do in order to get full approval from Pierce County for us to erect our Clifton Township 100ft tower. We have been given full approval from Clifton Township. However, there are some approvals we need from Pierce County, one being a height exemption. Pierce County votes on the height exemption at their December 19th meeting. We will be attending, but I am told all should go pretty smoothly.
We have made great strides this year in trying to fill the coverage gaps in High Speed Broadband in the area. But we are not done. I personally did some site survey's on Friday to determine if some families in the River Falls, Clifton Township and Prescott areas can get service. While a vast majority of those survey's came back as a "Yes, you can get High Speed Broadband", some of them came back "no, we can't service you right now". I know those families and individuals who can't get service right now are disappointed, please know we will continue to work on expanding our network so that tomorrow that answer will be "yes, you can get high speed broadband".
Some people have been asking "what can we do to help"? Honestly at the end of the day the best thing anyone can do is contact our office if you are interested in service. We might not be able to get you service right now, but at least that puts you on our map so we can make an educated decision on where to expand to next. If you are on this email string, then we most likely already have your information. Over the next few weeks we will be in the area doing site surveys to determine current serviceability. Our office will reach out to you before we just stop by in the event there are questions.
Below is a progress map of our current tower locations in WI area."
Anyone with questions or service inquiries should contact the Northfield Wifi sales team via email or give them a call.
Phone: (612) 991-4260
We will continue to post updates here so check back often! For previous updates and more information about NorthfieldWifi, check out the News section of this website.
At the November 7th Clifton Town Board meeting the township approved of Northfield WIFI's request to construct a 100 foot tower on the Townships land. The two things required to start tower construction are a Land Use Permit, granted by Pierce County along with a Building Permit, which is granted by Clifton Township.
The Building Permit will be approved at the next Clifton Meeting, so that shouldn't be a big deal. The most recent hurdle that Northfield WIFI encountered, is that according to Pierce County, anything over 35 feet requires a height variance. Height variances must be voted on by the Pierce County Zoning Administration at their next meeting which is held on 12/3/2018. Before Northfield WIFI can apply for a Land Use permit, the height variance must be voted on and approved.
Had Northfield WIFI known this prior to the November 7th Clifton meeting, they could have gotten the Pierce County Zoning Administration involved a lot sooner. Northfield WIFI is pushing the envelope to try and get this all accomplished before the Zoning Administrations meeting on 12/3, they are also running out of time when it comes to the weather. Northfield WIFI is doing everything they can right now to beat mother nature and get this tower up and running.
Northfield WIFI was recently approved to install equipment on the River Falls Water Tower. The water tower they will be installing equipment on is the tower located off of Gulf View Drive. They hope to have that tower completed the week of November 26th.
Anyone with questions or service inquires please send Northfield WIFI's sales team an email, or give them a call.
email@example.com or (612) 991-4260
NorthfieldWifi completed the installation of their first two sites and have begun the second phase of their roll out in order to reach more subscribers!
We received the following progress report from NorthfieldWifi:
"Today [August 8, 2018] we are starting a tower build-out in Oak Grove township. I know this seems like we are going the wrong way to Clifton, but this grain leg sits in a position to service people near the river. It also gives us a pretty good vantage point if we should need it for other build-outs in the Clifton and River Falls areas.
It's a grain leg that sits 155 ft tall and it's on a bluff overlooking a vast majority of the surrounding areas. [The left image in the gallery] is a screen shot of projected coverage.
I have been working with [another property owner] in regards putting up a tower on their property. It would be located up on a hill behind their home. They are OK with it and willing to work with us. The one issue we might run into is actually getting equipment (boom lifts for tower erection) up to this location. There is a 30 - 40 ft portion of the path leading up to the hill that is pretty steep.
If this location works out, [the right image in the gallery shows] the projected coverage map for that site.
(Just because someone falls outside the green, doesn't mean they can't get service.)."
If you are located near one of green service areas in the map and would like to become a NorthfieldWifi subscriber, you can contact their sales office. If your area is not covered by the first two towers, don't worry, NorthFieldWifi will be adding more locations in the coming weeks. Additionally, make sure to contact their sales office to let them know you are interested in their services. This will help them plan out the location of future coverage areas. We will continue to post updates here so check back often!
NorthfieldWifi completed the installation of their first two sites and are now ready to start hooking up subscribers! We received the following progress report from NorthfieldWifi:
"We have two towers up and running and are starting to hook customers up. The first tower is off of 35 East of Prescott. The second tower is off of 1070th in River Falls. I have attached a project coverage map. Those in the green area [see map below], unless heavily obstructed should be able to get service no problem.
Our next tower we are hoping to see go up somewhere around 1170th, QQ and County RD MM. We are hoping to get moving on that location(s) next week.
If anyone knows of someone in the green area that is in need of high speed Internet, please send them our way."
If you are located within the green service areas in the map and would like to become a NorthfieldWifi subscriber, you can contact their sales office. If your area is not covered by the first two towers, don't worry, NorthFieldWifi will be adding more locations in the coming weeks. We will continue to post updates here so check back often!
For more information about NorthfieldWifi, check out the News section of this website.
Great news, the Clifton High Speed Internet Coalition found an Internet Service Provider that is ready and willing to expand to Clifton!
NorthfieldWifi is a fixed wireless broadband internet service provider with years of experience and over 600+ systems installed. Unlike other cellular and satellite providers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, ViaSat, HughesNet, etc. there are absolutely no data caps. NorthfieldWifi uses equipment mounted to existing structures such as grain silos, towers, etc. to connect to a high-speed fiber optic backbone. To connect to their network, NorthfieldWifi needs to install a small radio antenna on your house. More information can be found here: http://www.northfieldwifi.com/highspeedinternet.html
To help NorthfieldWifi determine where they need to place their equipment they have asked everyone interested to contact their sales office, so they can plot out these locations on a map. Contacting them does not obligate you to sign up for their service, it merely helps them in the planning process.
Additionally, if you have a grain leg/silo on your property and you would be willing to have equipment mounted, please let them know that as well.
We are continuing to make progress on gaining support in the community which is the first step.
Here is a summary of all the other progress:
We need to show 75% of our residents are supportive of bringing High Speed Internet to Clifton by the time we start writing grants. Our next effort is to go door to door to deliver door hangers with some information on bringing high speed internet to Clifton. We are doing this right after labor day to reach more of the residents. We are looking for 25 volunteers each to go to 20 neighbors to inform them of this initiative and ask them to take a short survey.
If anyone is interested in meeting some of their neighbors while supporting the continued efforts to bring High Speed Internet to Clifton, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 6, 2017. We will provide the labeled door hangers to volunteers on Monday, September 12, 2017 to have distributed by Saturday, September 23, 2017.
Thank you for all of your support to date!
The River Falls Journal published an article discussing the presentation given by the Clifton High Speed Internet Coalition at the June 2017 Clifton Town Board meeting.
"At their monthly board meeting, Clifton Town supervisors saw the small Town Hall filled with residents trying to find a way to bring better broadband services to the township.
Coalition members presented a survey that will be designated for Clifton residents to give feedback on what kind of broadband services they would like to see. Questions relate to Clifton residents' services providers and their quality, the primary reasons for Clifton residents to use the internet, and what their overall level of satisfaction is with their current providers.
The coalition was requesting $400 to mail postcards to every single Clifton resident. The postcard will have a phone number that Clifton residents, if they're interested, can call to answer the questions on the survey if they have poor or no Internet access.
The full article can be found here: www.riverfallsjournal.com/news/government/4282703-clifton-board-rejects-clifton-broadband-coalition-400-request-joe-rohl-join
A group of neighbors from across the town formed a coalition to attempt to bring high speed internet to the Town of Clifton. We are making an appeal to the Town to help us. We contacted Baldwin-Lightstream (formerly Baldwin-Telecom) and presented a preliminary proposal to them. If the official proposal that we hope to present to them is accepted and grants secured, they will bring fiber optic cable to the entire township.
In order to ensure our efforts are successful, we need your help...
On May 31, 2017, the Pierce County Herald published an article that outlines the Internet issues facing residents of Clifton and Pierce County. Additionally, the article provides an overview of the coalitions high level plans to get Clifton connected.
The article can be found here: http://www.piercecountyherald.com/news/government/4275293-stepping-21st-century
On May 15, 2017, the River Falls Journal published an article covering the the presentation given by the Clifton High Speed Internet coalition at the May 2, 2017 Clifton Town Hall Meeting.
The article can be found here: www.riverfallsjournal.com/news/government/4264792-clifton-residents-hopeful-high-speed-internet