Flexible Grant Program

The Flexible Grant Program (FGP) will support 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 currently without an identified broadband project.

Provider Responses

MBI received submissions from 5 entities offering potential broadband network solutions. The posting of a submission on this page does not indicate approval by the MBI of (i) any respondent to the NOFA; or (ii) any potential broadband project referenced in a submission. All submissions are currently under review. The FGP allowed for providers to submit proposals for towns without requiring the town's consent. Thus, the posting of a submission on this page does not indicate necessarily that a town has accepted the proposal(s) or solicited the submission in the first instance.

Click on the icons in the table below to view or download the provider responses for any given town. File sizes are listed to help gauge download times for people with slow Internet connections.

  Charter Comcast Crocker* Matrix Redzone WGE (WCF)* WiValley
Blandford    511KB  72KB  2.7MB    362KB  
Charlemont      72KB  2MB    362KB  
Chesterfield    511KB

56KB

 2.3MB    362KB  
Cummington    511KB 56KB      362KB  
Florida 100KB    72KB  2.6MB  540KB  362KB  259KB
Hawley      72KB    540KB  362KB  259KB 
Monroe      72KB    540KB  362KB  259KB
Middlefield    511KB  72KB  2.3MB    362KB  259KB
New Braintree      72KB      362KB  
New Marlborough 100KB    142KB  2.4MB    362KB  
Savoy 100KB    72KB   2.2MB  540KB  362KB  259KB
Sandisfield      56KB   2.3MB    362KB  
Tolland      56KB  2MB    362KB  
Worthington    511KB  72KB  3.1MB    362KB  259KB

* This provider has indicated that the solutions described in their response may be applied to any unserved town.

Additional Information and Points of Contact

As the review and due diligence process continues, MBI will post information intended to assist towns in evaluating and considering NOFA responses. The FGP involves an iterative process of engagement with interested providers and towns and this page will be updated accordingly as this process unfolds.

MBI will coordinate with the Board of Selectmen from each town listed in the table above. At any such time that a town wishes to decline a provider offer, the Board of Selectmen should formally notify MBI so as to narrow the search for a solution.