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Rollout of Pole Surveys in Several ‘Last Mile’ Municipalities to Begin

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) has selected a vendor to begin pole surveys in unserved Western Mass towns, a critical first step in the pre-construction phase which ensures that utility poles and other infrastructure can support the build out of broadband infrastructure in the region.

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Agreement Reached To Extend Broadband Coverage In Nine 'Partially Served' Western Massachusetts Towns

Monday, August 22, 2016

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) and Comcast have reached an agreement that will extend broadband access in nine municipalities in Western and North Central Massachusetts, a project which is estimated to deliver broadband connectivity to 1,089 new residences and businesses, and will bring the overall coverage level in each town to 96% or above. The grant will provide up to $4 million in state funds to reimburse partial project costs for Comcast, which has existing networks in each of the towns, to construct broadband internet extensions to additional homes and businesses.

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Commonwealth, Charter Finalize Agreement to Deliver Broadband to Hinsdale, Lanesborough, West Stockbridge

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WESTBOROUGH – The Baker-Polito Administration announced today a $1.6 million grant to Charter Communications to upgrade and extend broadband access in the unserved communities of Hinsdale, Lanesborough, and West Stockbridge. As of today, Charter launches Spectrum Internet service to existing customers in these three communities. The Commonwealth grant supports this upgrade of Charter’s existing TV-only cable network to an all-digital network capable of delivering digital television and broadband to roughly 80-90 percent of existing households and businesses in the three communities. The Commonwealth grant will also support the extension of broadband and digital television service to an estimated 440 households in Hinsdale, Lanesborough, and West Stockbridge that are currently without any broadband or cable television service.

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Mount Washington gets $230K grant to deliver broadband access

Sunday, July 10, 2016

MOUNT WASHINGTON — The town has won a $230,000 grant from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to support the construction of a fiber-to-home network that will deliver broadband access to the residents of this town.

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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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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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