The Last Mile

3-D graphic depiction of a neighborhood, connected by cables, to the internet.

Last Mile is an industry term that describes the local network infrastructure closest to the end-users (e.g., the residents, businesses and community facilities). They are typically built off of middle mile networks.

With the support of the Massachusetts Legislature and Baker-Polito Administration, the Commonwealth has appropriated funds to support the MBI's mission, to develop access to broadband service throughout the Commonwealth through public and private partnerships, through 2 primary initiatives.

  • The Last Mile Program for unserved towns:
    Designed to support and co-invest in broadband solutions for the 45 Massachusetts towns who have lacked residential broadband service.
  • The Broadband Extension Program for partially served cable towns:
    Designed to further extend broadband access in eligible communities with existing residential cable franchises which do not cover substantial areas of the town.