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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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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10.2M Federal Award To Westfield Gas + Electric for Broadband Access in Western Mass

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that Westfield Gas & Electric (WG+E), a public utility supplying electric, natural gas, and high-speed internet service, has received a more than $10.2 million funding authorization from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand fiber-based broadband in 20 communities covering over 12,400 households in rural western Massachusetts. This funding represents the results of last year’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction thanks to efforts undertaken by the Baker-Polito Administration, Westfield Gas + Electric, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the Commonwealth’s congressional delegation, and state and local leaders.

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"Broadband reaches hilltowns with help from state’s Last Mile grant program"

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Westifeld News' Amy Porter recently highlighted the impact that broadband expansion is having in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires, noting the grants from the MBI and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development through the Commonwealth's Last Mile program.

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"Montgomery celebrates new high-speed internet access"

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

In late November, WWLP 22 News in Springfield traveled to Montgomery to attend the launch of the town's new broadband network, funded through the MBI's private provider grant program and constructed by Comcast.

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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Completion of Montgomery Broadband Network

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

MONTGOMERY, MASS. – Leaders from the MassTech Collaborative and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) joined citizens from Montgomery and executives from Comcast today to celebrate the official launch of the town’s new broadband network, a project constructed by Comcast with support from the Commonwealth’s Last Mile grant program.

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