In early 2014, MBI completed construction of MassBroadband 123 - approximately 1,200 miles of fiber-optic network connecting 123 communties in western and north central Massachusetts to high-speed Internet.
WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) and Comcast have reached an agreement that will extend broadband access in nine municipalities in Western and North Central Massachusetts, a project which is estimated to deliver broadband connectivity to 1,089 new residences and businesses, and will bring the overall coverage level in each town to 96% or above. The grant will provide up to $4 million in state funds to reimburse partial project costs for Comcast, which has existing networks in each of the towns, to construct broadband internet extensions to additional homes and businesses.
Middle Mile is an industry term that describes the network infrastructure that connects last mile (i.e., local) networks to other network service providers, major telecommunications carriers, and the greater internet.
Broadband Extension Program for Partially Served Cable Towns
MBI is partnering with eligible municipalities and interested providers on strategies to extend high-speed Internet access for residents and businesses in communities with existing cable infrastructure.
In late 2009 and early 2010, the National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA) awarded $293 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to state designated entities from each of the 50 states, 5 U.S.