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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Continued Progress in Connecting "Last Mile" Communities to Broadband

Thursday, September 30, 2021

WORTHINGTON – Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Undersecretary Ashley Stolba were joined by state and local officials to celebrate continued progress toward extending high-speed internet to so called “Last Mile” towns.

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In The News: MassBroadband 123 'Middle Mile' Network Recognized by Benton Institute

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Commonwealth’s MassBroadband 123 middle mile network received praise in a new report by the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society. The report touted the effectiveness and importance of building open-access, middle mile networks into the Benton Institute Report Cover: "If We Build It, Will They Come? Lessons from Open-Access Middle-Mile Networks"nation’s broadband infrastructure.

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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Programs to Boost Internet Connectivity

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced three new programs to boost internet connectivity statewide, including a subsidy program to assist job seekers in the MassHire system that are facing a technology barrier. In addition, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at the MassTech Collaborative will expand a WiFi hotspot program statewide, delivering free high-speed access points to Gateway Cities, helping expand internet accessibility in areas hard-hit economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs are part of the $774 million economic recovery plan announced by the Administration in October, which designated $9.2 million for an expansion of internet access programs. Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, administration officials, and private partners made the announcement during an event held at the Springfield Innovation Center.

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Baker-Polito Administration Extends Wireless Hotspot Program in Unserved Massachusetts Towns

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Baker-Polito Administration has officially extended the free wireless hotspot program launched in unserved Massachusetts towns in response to the COVID-19 public health pandemic. The existing outdoor hotspots will be extended to June 30, 2021, and in addition, the Commonwealth has offered 24 communities the option to add an indoor hotspot free of charge to provide critical connectivity over the winter months.

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Baker-Polito Administration Extends Wireless Hotspot Program in Unserved Massachusetts Towns

Monday, August 24, 2020

WESTBOROUGH – The Baker-Polito Administration has officially extended the free wireless hotspot program that has delivered public high-speed internet connections to residents and students in unserved Massachusetts towns, in response to the COVID-19 public health pandemic. The program, originally slated to end September 1st, will be extended through the end of 2020.

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WGBY’s ‘Connecting Point’ Highlights Last Mile Progress

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Springfield-based public television program ‘Connecting Point’ aired a segment that highlighted the progress made to connect unserved communities in Western Massachusetts.

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Grant Awarded to Extend Broadband in Egremont & Monterey

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) have approved a new grant to expand broadband coverage in the unserved towns of Egremont and Monterey, two of three remaining communities under the Commonwealth’s Last Mile program.

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New Program Expands Wireless Broadband Hubs in Unserved Massachusetts Towns

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at the MassTech Collaborative and KCST USA, the operator of the Commonwealth-owned MassBroadband 123 fiber optic network, are working with local internet service providers (ISPs) to offer new Wifi hotspots to municipalities that lack broadband access. Built off of the MassBroadband 123 network, this new service offers each unserved community a temporary 250 Megabit per second wireless hotspot, free of any monthly charge. This will allow unserved communities that do not have a completed broadband project to increase wireless broadband access for residents and students impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates New Broadband Network in Princeton

Thursday, January 30, 2020

PRINCETON – Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today joined executives from Charter Communications, Inc., Princeton town officials and residents, state and federal officials, and executives from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at MassTech Collaborative to celebrate the impact of the town’s new Charter-constructed broadband network. During a roundtable discussion with local leaders and residents, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito heard about the impact that the increased internet connectivity is having on the community, including improvements for small business owners, public safety, and education.

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Massachusetts Pursues Its Own Route to Broadband Expansion

Thursday, January 16, 2020

By: Jed Pressgrove
Since 2016, more than a dozen rural communities in Massachusetts have gained high-speed Internet with state support. Mount Washington and Montgomery, with populations under 1,000, have unique stories to tell.

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