Flexible Grant Program

The Flexible Grant Program (FGP) supports Last Mile broadband connectivity for certain towns in western Massachusetts. The goal of the FGP is to provide grant funding to capable communications network companies that are willing to design, build, own, operate and maintain a communications network in one or more of the participating towns that will provide residents with broadband internet access that meets or exceeds the current Federal Communications broadband benchmark speeds.

Notice of Funding Availability

In October 2017, MBI released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) through the Flexible Grant Program to solicit solutions for the unserved towns in western and central Massachusetts without an identified broadband solution.

Action Plans

MBI designed the FGP to permit Providers, MBI, and Towns to engage in a flexible, iterative process to develop high value proposals to provide the best available solution for these currently unserved towns.

Accordingly, the FGP contemplates that in response to an initial expression of interest from a Provider or a Town, a proposal are developed or refined through negotiations among the Provider, MBI, and the Town.

Where appropriate, the process for engagement among the parties is specified in customized Action Plans tailored to the specific characteristics of each proposed broadband project. The Action Plan identifies the responsibilities and tasks to be undertaken by each party.

Active and Completed Projects

MBI has funded the following projects through the FGP or its predecessor, the Private Provider Program and other direct grants.

Town Provider Technology Status
Florida WiValley Fixed Wireless Active
Hancock

Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Complete
Hawley WiValley

Fixed Wireless

Active
Hinsdale Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Complete
Lanesborough Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Complete
Middlefield

Comcast

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Active
Monroe

WiValley

Fixed Wireless

Active
Montgomery

Comcast

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Complete
New Braintree

Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Active
New Marlborough

Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Active
Peru

Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Complete
Princeton

Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Complete
Sandisfield

Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Active
Savoy

WiValley

Fixed Wireless

Active
Tolland

Comcast

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Active
Tyringham

Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Complete
West Stockbridge Charter

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Complete
Worthington

Comcast

Hybrid Fiber Coax

Active

Pending Projects

MBI is posting each active Action Plan to afford other private broadband providers the opportunity to propose a comparable or more advantageous solution.

Town Provider Technology Action Plan
Egremont Fiber Connect, LLC

Fiber-to-the-Home

Download Here 
Monterey

Fiber Connect, LLC

Fiber-to-the-Home

Download Here 

View project status maps on the Last Mile Programs page