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"West County Towns Move Forward in Broadband Process"

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Recorder highlights progress in western Franklin County towns that are benefiting from Last Mile program grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the MBI.

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Commonwealth Photo Release - "Governor Baker and Lt Governor Polito Observe “Core Bore” in Blandford, Announce Supplemental Funding for Last Mile Program"

Thursday, October 10, 2019

BLANDFORD — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Senator Adam Hinds, Representative Smitty Pignatelli, and other local leaders to observe a “core bore,” the drilling required to replace outdated utility poles and deliver broadband internet. Following the demonstration, Governor Baker announced $5 million in supplemental funding through the Last Mile Infrastructure Grant program, which will cover roughly half the average cost of connecting homeowners to newly installed broadband networks in 21 eligible communities.

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Four-Town Network on Track to Close Digital Divide in Spring 2020

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. – WiValley-MA, Inc. (WiValley) has announced that the four-town wireless broadband network, funded by the Commonwealth’s Last Mile broadband program, is now on track to completion in the spring of 2020. Constructed by WiValley in partnership with OTELCO, the new internet service is closing the digital divide for business and residential customers in the Hilltowns of Florida, Hawley, Monroe, and Savoy.

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"A New Day in Sandisfield"

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Berkshire Eagle and reporter Heather Bellow cover the signing of a contract between Charter and Sandisfield for a new broadband network that will be supported by a Last Mile grant from the MBI.

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Brookings Institution Cites Last Mile Program & Work of MBI

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The well-known national organization The Brookings Institution cited the work of the MBI and the Commonwealth's efforts on broadband expansion in a report focused on growing the innovation economy in Pennsylvania.

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"Wireless internet system to go live this year in Savoy, Florida"

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Larry Parnass at The Berskhire Eagle covered the launch of the Last Mile-funded project led by WiValley to bring wireless broadband to four unserved towns in Western Mass an

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Announces Last Mile Grant to Bring Wireless Internet to Florida, Hawley, Monroe, & Savoy

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

WESTBOROUGH – April 3, 2019 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has finalized an agreement with WiValley-MA, Inc., on a grant of up to $2,315,461 to construct and operate a wireless network that will bring high-speed internet connectivity to the towns of Florida, Hawley, Monroe, and Savoy. The four towns have agreed to aggregate their allocations under the Last Mile program and have entered into a separate 10-year agreement with WiValley, which will construct the wireless network and offer service to over 1,000 households in conjunction with Maine-based OTELCO, which will provide wireless internet and telephone services.

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In the News: Worthington Broadband Project Progress Gains Media Attention

Friday, January 11, 2019

On Dec. 26, 2018, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) approved an award of $2.2 million to Comcast to build a broadband network covering the town of Worthington, MA, an award made following the selection of the Comcast proposal at a town vote in May and through the negotiation of a cable franchise agreement between the Town and Comcast. This is the first award made under the MBI's Flexible Grant Program.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts & Town of Worthington Select Comcast for Town’s Broadband Project

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) has formally approved an award of $2.2 million to Comcast to support the construction of a broadband network in the Town of Worthington, Mass. The grant, which was approved by both the MassTech Executive Committee and by the MBI Board of Directors, followed a majority vote at Worthington’s Town Meeting in May choosing Comcast and supporting the construction of its advanced fiber network to deliver broadband to the town, including approval of a project coverage map. Comcast and Worthington also signed a formal Cable Franchise Agreement on December 11th. The proposed broadband network will deliver expanded connectivity to over 96 percent of Worthington’s residential and business premises once the project is complete.

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Long wait for internet connection to end

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Landmark newspaper highlights progress on Charter's buildout of a network in Princeton, Mass., a project which was part of a $4.42 million dollar award to Charter from the MBI's Private Provider grant program announced in July 2017. The Town of Princeton also received a separate $100,000 grant from the MBI to reimburse the town for 'make ready' work that supported the network's construction.

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