Massachusetts and Local Linx Extend Wifi Hotspots to Assist COVID-19 Response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech and Local Linx worked with local internet service providers (ISPs) to offer indoor and outdoor WiFi hotspots free of charge to unserved municipalities in western and central Massachusetts that lacked broadband access. This program was established in April 2020 for outdoor hotspots and in November 2020 MBI offered eligible communities the option to add an indoor hotspot to provide critical connectivity. MBI provided the hotspots until construction on each town’s project was completed. The program ended on December 31, 2022.
- Through this program, hotspots were established in the 26 towns listed below.
- These access points built off of the Commonwealth-owned MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network. Each hotspot was established at one of the community anchor institutions (CAIs) connected to the 1,200 mile fiber network in 2014.
- Each of the communities listed below had a temporary 250 Megabit per second (Mbps) wireless hotspot, which allowed them to increase wireless broadband access for residents and students impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
Our thanks to Local Linx, town leaders and the ISPs – Access Plus, Crocker, Westfield Gas+Electric – for their help launching and maintaining these sites.
|Ashfield||Belding Memorial Library||344 Main Street||WG+E|
|Beckett||Beckett Town Hall||557 Main Street||WG+E|
|Blandford*||Blandford Town Hall||1 Russell Stage Road||WG+E|
|Charlemont||Hawlemont Regional School||10 School Street||WG+E|
|Chesterfield||Chesterfield Town Offices||422 Main Road||WG+E|
|Colrain||Griswold Memorial Library||12 Main Road||WG+E|
|Cummington||Cummington Town Hall||33 Main Street||Crocker|
|Florida||Senior Center||367 Mohawk Trail||Access Plus|
|Goshen||Goshen Town Hall||40 Main Street||WG+E|
|Hancock||Hancock Elementary||3080 Hancock Road||Crocker|
|Hawley||Hawley Town Offices||8 Pudding Hollow Road||Access Plus|
|Heath*||Former Heath Elementary School||18 Jacobs Road||WG+E|
|Leyden||Pearl Rhodes Elementary School||7 Brattleboro Road||WG+E|
|Monroe||Monroe Town Offices||3C School Street||Access Plus|
|New Braintree*||Leroy Pollard Memorial Library||45 Memorial Drive||Crocker|
|New Marlborough||New Marlborough Town Library||1 Mill River Great Barrington Road||Crocker|
|New Salem||Swift River School||201 Wendell Road||WG+E|
|Petersham||Petersham Town Hall||3 South Main Street||Crocker|
|Sandisfield||Sandisfield Town Office||66 Sandisfield Road||Crocker|
|Savoy||Savoy Town Hall||720 Main Road||Access Plus|
|Tolland||Tolland Town Hall||241 West Granville Road||Crocker|
|Warwick||Warwick Community School||41 Winchester Road||Access Plus|
|Washington||Washington Town Hall||8 Summit Hill Road||WG+E|
|Wendell||Wendell Town Offices||9 Morse Village Road||WG+E|
|Windsor||Windsor Town Hall||1890 State Route 9||WG+E|
|Worthington||R H Conwell Elementary School||147 Huntington Road||Crocker|
* Hotspots in these towns included an indoor location.
The Commonwealth’s Last Mile program has invested over $55 million in direct grants to close broadband access gaps in 53 communities. Learn more about the Last Mile Program and the status of each project.