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Leasing Agreement Major Step for Western Mass Broadband

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pittsfield, MA – After an agreement announced Wednesday, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute - or MBI's - MassBroadband 123 network will be able to lease Boxborough-based company Lightower Fiber Networks's existing cables to bring it's signal out to Boston, where a maj

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MBI Announces Agreement with Lightower Fiber Networks

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced an important agreement with Lightower Fiber Networks to provide long-term access to fiber-optic cable that will connect the MassBroadband 123 network to the major Internet connection point in Boston.

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MBI Announces Grant Awards to Advance Last-Mile Broadband Solutions

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011 - The MBI today announced $335,000 in competitive grant awards as part of ongoing efforts to advance last-mile solutions and expand broadband connectivity in underserved areas of Massachusetts.

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MBI Announces An Agreement With ITD And EOPSS

Monday, April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011 -The MBI finalized its agreement with the Massachusetts ITD and EOPSS to advance the MassBroadband 123 network and strengthen public safety and other core services in western and north central Massachusetts.

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MBI Announces Agreement with Springfield to Advance Network

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 21, 2011 - In keeping with the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to expanding broadband access in western Massachusetts, the MBI today announced an important agreement with the City of Springfield to advance the MassBroadband 123 network and provide broadband infrastructure connections for more than 150 schools, libraries, hospitals and public safety entities in Springfield.

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MBI Receives Important Federal Approval To Advance MassBroadband 123 Network

Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011 - The MBI today announced it has received the necessary federal approval to advance the MassBroadband 123 network project. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has formally approved the MBI’s environmental assessment, a critical requirement to commencing the 1,338 mile Internet backbone network build that will expand broadband access in western and north central Massachusetts communities.

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MBI Announces Agreement with Axia NGNetworks USA

Monday, February 28, 2011

February 28, 2011 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute today announced an agreement with Axia NGNetworks USA,to serve as the network operator for the MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network.

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

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"

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"

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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