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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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"A New Day in Sandisfield"

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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"More internet connected services become available in Princeton"

Patricia Roy of The Landmark newspaper in Central Mass. covers the rollout of the Charter-built network in the Town of Princeton, a project supported by a Last Mile grant from the MBI's private provider grant program.

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Brookings Institution Cites Last Mile Program & Work of MBI

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"

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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