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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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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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"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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"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Representative Smitty Pignatelli, and other local leaders to observe a “core bore,” the drilling required to replace outdated utility poles and deliver broadband internet.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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