Last Mile Programs

3-D graphic depiction of a neighborhood, connected by cables, to the internet.

Last Mile is an industry term that describes the local network infrastructure closest to the end-users (e.g., the residents, businesses and community facilities). They are typically built off of middle mile networks.


With the support of the Massachusetts Legislature and Baker-Polito Administration, the Commonwealth has appropriated funds to support the MBI's mission, to develop access to broadband service throughout the Commonwealth through public and private partnerships.

MBI's primary last mile initiatives:

  • The Last Mile Program for unserved towns:
    Designed to support and co-invest in broadband solutions for the 45 Massachusetts towns who have lacked residential broadband service. This program includes grants to private broadband service providers and directly to municipalities.
  • The Broadband Extension Program for partially served cable towns:
    Designed to further extend broadband access in eligible communities with existing residential cable franchises which do not cover substantial areas of the town. This program includes grants to existing cable broadband service providers in Massachusetts.