Latest News

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

"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

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Delivering Affordable High Speed Internet

Friday, October 26, 2018

Peter Larkin, Board Chair of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) speaks about the role MBI is playing in bringing Broadband to underserved and unserved communities in Massachusetts.

Read More

Rural communities see progress on broadband service

Friday, September 7, 2018

Daily Hampshire Gazette
Friday, September 7, 2018

Read More

Officials celebrate Comcast broadband expansion in 9 rural Western Massachusetts towns

Friday, September 7, 2018

Springfield's The Republican newspaper covers the completion of Comcast's expansion in nine Western Massachusetts towns, a program funded through MBI's Broadband Expansion Program. 

Read More

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Completion of Comcast Broadband Expansion Project with Leaders from Nine Communities

Thursday, September 6, 2018

PELHAM –Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined leaders from nine western and central Massachusetts communities to celebrate the completion of the Broadband Extension Program, a project funded under the Commonwealth’s Last Mile program. The celebration took place in the Pelham Library and was attended by executives from Comcast, which oversaw expansion of broadband networks in nine towns in western and central Massachusetts, leaders from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), and community leaders from the nine communities.

Read More