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The MBI is building over 1,200 miles of fiber-optic cable to connect over 120 communities in western and north central Massachusetts. When complete in late 2013, the MassBroadband 123 network will expand high-speed Internet access to improve the lives of residents, close the digital divide and bring new economic opportunities to the region.
Connect over 1,200 public safety entities, community colleges, libraries, medical facilities, and town halls
Build and maintain a network that will serve 333,500 households and 44,000 businesses over a geographic area covering over one-third of Massachusetts with more than one million residents
Provide the necessary broadband infrastructure to foster economic growth, improve health care and education, and strengthen public safety.
MassBroadband 123 is a critical component of Governor Patrick’s initiative to expand broadband access across the Commonwealth.
In July 2010, the MBI was awarded $45.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to build MassBroadband 123.
The MBI and the Commonwealth are providing $26.2 million in matching funds to bring the total investment in the MassBroadband 123 project to $71.6 million. The Commonwealth’s $26.2 million in matching funds include: