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The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is working to extend affordable high-speed Internet access to all homes, businesses, schools, libraries, medical facilities, government offices and other public places across the Commonwealth.
Governor Patrick and the Legislature created the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, when signing the Broadband Act into law in August 2008. The Act gives the MBI the authority to invest up to $40 million of state bond funds in necessary and long-lived infrastructure assets, such as conduits, fiber-optic cable and wireless towers.
The MBI built the MassBroadband 123 network to expand broadband connectivity to over 120 communities in western and north central Massachusetts. MassBroadband 123 is a critical component of Governor Patrick’s initiative to extend broadband access across the Commonwealth. The network will provide the necessary broadband infrastructure to foster economic growth, improve health care and education, and strengthen public safety.
As the state entity for broadband mapping and availability, the MBI is collecting, verifying and mapping detailed information about the current levels of broadband availability in Massachusetts. This information is vital to leveraging new investments for expanded broadband coverage to the unserved homes and businesses throughout the state.
The MBI is also managing broadband adoption programs for veterans and small businesses. The MassVetsAdvisor.org connects Veterans and their families to the resources they need and make the online access of Veterans’ services more streamlined and effective. The MBI is working with the state’s community development corporations to provide technical assistance for small businesses and non-profits interested in integrating broadband use and computer ownership into their organizations to grow and create new jobs.