As the state's leading agency for broadband and connectivity, MBI is dedicated to bringing affordable, high-speed internet to every person in Massachusetts. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already allocated $145 million to Massachusetts to expand high-speed internet access and digital equity programming across the state. The first step to deploying these funds is developing a strong plan, informed by organizational stakeholders and residents of the Commonwealth. Over the last year, MBI has led a planning effort that has resulted in the development of two guiding planning documents – a Statewide Digital Equity Plan and what is known as the Initial Proposal for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. These two documents create the Massachusetts Internet for All Plan.
Public Comment Period: Nov. 13 - Dec. 15, 2023
MBI collected input from residents of Massachusetts to make sure we got the plan right. Your input was crucial during this public comment period as we wanted to understand your experiences and how we can enhance them to meet the needs of all Commonwealth residents. Below, you'll find the executive summary.
Massachusetts Internet for All
MBI hosted many activities to help shape the State Digital Equity Plan and 5-year Strategic Broadband Action Plan that is available for download and public comment above. The listening sessions, which started in September, were an opportunity for the public to share their experiences, ideas, and vision for a connected Massachusetts, tackling key questions around internet access, adoption, affordability, digital skills training, and device availability. In addition, focus groups gathered input directly from covered populations and underrepresented communities identified by the federal programs. Visit the webpage here to review recaps on those events, resources, and photos from Listening Session Tour.