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.
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.
* This provider has indicated that the solutions described in their response may be applied to any unserved town.
Click here to read the Action Plans developed by the MBI, Towns, and Providers as part of the FGP process.
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.