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MBI funds town of Mt. Washington fiber optic network

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The modest Town Hall in Mt. Washington, population 150, where residents voted to support the installation of a fiber optic broadband telecommunications network to each household. The project has received the backing of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and should be completed in 2017.

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MBI Announces Grant to Support Construction of Mount Washington’s ‘Last Mile’ Broadband Network

Thursday, June 30, 2016

BOSTON – Thursday, June 30, 2016 - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved a grant to the Town of Mount Washington to support the construction of a ‘Fiber to the Home’ network that will deliver broadband access to the town’s residents. The grant of $230,000 from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (“MBI”) will help construct a fiber-optic network that will pass 96% of residences in the town.

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Commonwealth, MBI Announce Grant for Middlefield Wireless Pilot Project

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

BOSTON – Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved a new grant to the Town of Middlefield to aid in the launch of a wireless pilot project designed to help the town address its broadband Internet gap. The grant of $129,082 from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will fund costs associated with the town’s preferred solution for broadband under the pilot program.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Implementation Framework for Last Mile Broadband Projects

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BOSTON – Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration met with municipal broadband leaders from across Western Massachusetts today to discuss a new framework for evaluating and advancing Last Mile Broadband projects in communities unserved or underserved by high-speed internet access. The dialogue centered on a flexible, responsive and community-based approach to prioritizing affordable and sustainable solutions to the broadband service challenges facing the Commonwealth’s 44 Last Mile communities.

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Gov. Baker touts 'flexible, community-based' solution for rural broadband in Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BOSTON – Gov Charlie Baker met Tuesday with various municipal leaders from across Western Massachusetts to discuss ways to speed up an ongoing proposal to bring broadband internet access to remote areas of the region.

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MBI changes broadband course

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BOSTON — The state’s Last-Mile broadband “pause” is over, and Gov. Charlie Baker seems to have joined the chorus of western Massachusetts voices that want “Broadband now.”

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Baker Administration Unveils New Broadband Framework

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Governor Charlie Baker’s administration is rolling out a new framework to bring high-speed internet to rural communities in western Massachusetts.

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Gov. Baker names new team to head 'last mile' broadband project in Western Massachusetts

Friday, May 6, 2016

The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker has named a new team to lead the state's Last Mile Broadband Project, an effort to bring high-speed Internet service to dozens of unserved or underserved rural towns in Western Massachusetts.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Leadership Team for Last Mile Broadband Project

Friday, May 6, 2016

BOSTON – Thursday, May 5, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration announced today the appointment of two new senior staff members, charged with leading the Last Mile Broadband Project for communities un- or underserved by high-speed internet access in Western Massachusetts.

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Local named ‘Last Mile’ liaison

Thursday, May 5, 2016

BOSTON – A Shelburne man is among the two new senior staff members chosen by the Gov. Charlie Baker administration to lead the Last Mile Broadband Project for the 44 western Massachusetts towns unserved or under-served by high-speed Internet access.

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