Learn more about MBI's past broadband planning, infrastructure, mapping, adoption, and grant programs.
Broadband Extension Program, 2015-2018
In September 2018, MBI celebrated the completion of cable line extensions in 9 towns that were partially served by Comcast, bringing the broadband coverage in each town to at least 96% and up to 99% of homes and businesses.
Mass VetsAdvisor, 2011-2016
MassVetsAdvisor.org, launched in 2012, is the result of a collaboration between the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. Delopment of the site was funded through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) State Broadband Initiative program. In 2016, DVS took ownership of and responsbility for maintaining the site.
Small Business Technical Assistance Grants, 2012-2014
In November 2014, MBI completed an $800,000 grant program with the state's Community Development Corporations (CDC). Four CDCs across the Commonwealth provided technical assistance and resources to 77 small businesses and/or nonprofits within their respective regions.
MassBroadband 123 Network, 2010-2014
In early 2014, MBI completed construction of MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network. The network extends approximately 1,200 miles, connecting over 120 communties in western and north central Massachusetts to high-speed Internet. The project was funded by $45.4 million in federal stimulus grant funds through the Broadband Technology Program (BTOP) and $44.3 million in matching Commonwealth funds from MBI, MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and MA Information Technology Division.
Broadband Availability Mapping, 2009-2014
As part of a national prorgram called the State Broadband Initiative (SBI), the MBI collected and mapped broadband services available across the state by provider, transmission technology, and speed.
Open Cape Grant, 2009-2013
The MBI provided OpenCape with $5 million in funds to construct a comprehensive middle mile network. The network was completed in 2013, providing broadband access throughout Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast.
Planning & Deployment Grants, 2011 - 2012
In 2012, MBI completed a program that issued $335,000 in competitive grant awards to advance last mile solutions and expand broadband connectivity through the planning and deployment of new high-speed Internet access in underserved areas in western and north central Massachusetts.