As noted by Senate President Rosenberg at the October launch, it took the effort of the entire Leverett community to make this gigabit network a reality. The piece recounts the history of LeverettNet’s development, including the efforts of numerous citizens, including Peter d’Errico, a Select Board and Municipal Light Plant (MLP) Board member; officials such as town administrator Margie McGinnis; Denzel Hankinson and Tom Powers of the Leverett MLP Board; and numerous volunteers throughout the town.
D’Errico notes in the piece how Leverett went from being a small town with no broadband connectivity, to now being “ahead of the curve” on technology. The article cites how d’Errico and town leaders are looking to utilize the new gigabit broadband connections to improve health care options in the town, working with local providers to implement telehealth solutions “as a tool for monitoring chronic illnesses and allowing people to live longer in their homes.”
The piece notes how the town recognized the early need for broadband connectivity and made the early decision to build a municipal network off of the MassBroadband 123 network, utilizing local companies to manage and run their completed ‘last mile’ project. While not all unserved towns in Western and Central Massachusetts will replicate Leverett’s rollout or management plan, the town’s early success around their rollout and how they’re utilizing this new connectivity provides a critical local case study for the benefit that broadband can have to residents in a small, rural town.
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