Press Releases

Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Implementation Framework for Last Mile Broadband Projects

BOSTON – Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration met with municipal broadband leaders from across Western Massachusetts today to discuss a new framework for evaluating and advancing Last Mile Broadband projects in communities unserved or underserved by high-speed internet access. The dialogue centered on a flexible, responsive and community-based approach to prioritizing affordable and sustainable solutions to the broadband service challenges facing the Commonwealth’s 44 Last Mile communities.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Leadership Team for Last Mile Broadband Project

BOSTON – Thursday, May 5, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration announced today the appointment of two new senior staff members, charged with leading the Last Mile Broadband Project for communities un- or underserved by high-speed internet access in Western Massachusetts.

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Leverett Highlights Impact of Municipal Broadband Network at Launch Event

LEVERETT – Friday, October 2, 2015 - Citizens, elected officials, and executives from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts gathered today in Leverett, Mass., to celebrate the launch of the LeverettNet municipal fiber-optic broadband network, a new infrastructure project that offers gigabit-level Internet connectivity to every home and business in the town.

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Support Investments In Massachusetts' Technology Infrastructure

BOSTON – Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today signed H. 3770, “An Act Financing Information Technology Equipment and Related Projects,” which expands opportunity and access for all Massachusetts residents by making targeted investments in the Commonwealth’s technology infrastructure, including increasing access to broadband for underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

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Construction, Turnover Complete on New 1,200 Mile Fiber Backbone for Western and Central Massachusetts

February 18, 2014 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MBI) recently completed construction and testing of MassBroadband 123, a 1,200-mile fiber-optic network bringing high-speed Internet access directly to 1,200 key facilities in more than 120 western and central Massachusetts communities. MassBroadband 123 is a critical component of the Commonwealth’s strategy to invest in innovation infrastructure in order to create growth and economic opportunity in every corner of the Commonwealth.

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MassBroadband 123 “Middle Mile” Network Construction Nearing Completion

August 5, 2103 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has announced an updated project schedule with final milestone tracking for communities within the MassBroadband 123 network, which is targeted for completion in late 2013. MassBroadband 123 is a 1,200-mile fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed Internet access directly to over 1,200 key facilities in more than 120 western and central Massachusetts communities.

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One Year Anniversary of MassVetsAdvisor.org Celebrated

June 26, 2013 - State officials and Veterans’ advocates today celebrated the one year anniversary of MassVetsAdvisor.org, a first-in-the-nation web portal that offers enhanced access to services and support for Veterans living in the Commonwealth.

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MassTech's Broadband Institute Honored by the Department of Defense for Supporting Military Employee

April 9, 2013 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has been awarded the Patriot Award by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the federal Department of Defense. The Patriot Award recognizes employers who provide exceptional support to their Guard and Reserve employees.

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Governor Patrick Lights First Section of New MassBroadband 123 Fiber-Optic Network

April 4, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today lit the first section of a new 1,200-mile fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed Internet access to underserved areas of western and central Massachusetts. The event was held at the regional Farmington River Elementary School, one of the facilities to be connected to the MassBroadband 123 network.

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Segments of Fiber-Optic Network MassBroadband 123 will be Operational in March

January 28, 2013 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MBI) today announced that the first segments of the new fiber-optic MassBroadband 123 network will be operational in March 2013.

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