Press Releases

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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Boston Small Businesses Win Funding for Technology Adoption

January 7, 2012 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MBI) and Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation announced today that 12 small businesses will receive grant funding to help incorporate technology into their businesses and technical support to teach them how best to use the technology.

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National Study Ranks Massachusetts as a Leading Broadband State

December 7, 2012 - This week, a major technology-sector CEO’s group ranked Massachusetts second in their national Broadband Index study. The study, released by TechNet, uses benchmarks such as public-sector leadership, investment, and public/private collaboration, to chart how each state develops high-speed Internet connectivity to grow strong economies and vibrant communities.

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WiSpring and MBI Announce Internet Service to Tyringham

October 25, 2012 - WiSpring, a local wireless Internet service provider, and the MBI announced today that Tyringham, a small, rural community in Southern Berkshire County with a population of 350 people now has high-speed broadband Internet access.

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First Customers Live on New MassBroadband 123 Network

September 21, 2012 - At an event today, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative announced the MassBroadband 123 network has started serving its first customers, Crocker Communications and Health New England.

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