Press Releases

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10.2M Federal Award To Westfield Gas + Electric for Broadband Access in Western Mass

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that Westfield Gas & Electric (WG+E), a public utility supplying electric, natural gas, and high-speed internet service, has received a more than $10.2 million funding authorization from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand fiber-based broadband in 20 communities covering over 12,400 households in rural western Massachusetts. This funding represents the results of last year’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction thanks to efforts undertaken by the Baker-Polito Administration, Westfield Gas + Electric, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the Commonwealth’s congressional delegation, and state and local leaders.

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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Completion of Montgomery Broadband Network

MONTGOMERY, MASS. – Leaders from the MassTech Collaborative and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) joined citizens from Montgomery and executives from Comcast today to celebrate the official launch of the town’s new broadband network, a project constructed by Comcast with support from the Commonwealth’s Last Mile grant program.

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Commonwealth Photo Release - "Governor Baker and Lt Governor Polito Observe “Core Bore” in Blandford, Announce Supplemental Funding for Last Mile Program"

BLANDFORD — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Senator Adam Hinds, Representative Smitty Pignatelli, and other local leaders to observe a “core bore,” the drilling required to replace outdated utility poles and deliver broadband internet. Following the demonstration, Governor Baker announced $5 million in supplemental funding through the Last Mile Infrastructure Grant program, which will cover roughly half the average cost of connecting homeowners to newly installed broadband networks in 21 eligible communities.

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Four-Town Network on Track to Close Digital Divide in Spring 2020

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. – WiValley-MA, Inc. (WiValley) has announced that the four-town wireless broadband network, funded by the Commonwealth’s Last Mile broadband program, is now on track to completion in the spring of 2020. Constructed by WiValley in partnership with OTELCO, the new internet service is closing the digital divide for business and residential customers in the Hilltowns of Florida, Hawley, Monroe, and Savoy.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Announces Last Mile Grant to Bring Wireless Internet to Florida, Hawley, Monroe, & Savoy

WESTBOROUGH – April 3, 2019 - The Massachusetts Broadband Institute, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has finalized an agreement with WiValley-MA, Inc., on a grant of up to $2,315,461 to construct and operate a wireless network that will bring high-speed internet connectivity to the towns of Florida, Hawley, Monroe, and Savoy. The four towns have agreed to aggregate their allocations under the Last Mile program and have entered into a separate 10-year agreement with WiValley, which will construct the wireless network and offer service to over 1,000 households in conjunction with Maine-based OTELCO, which will provide wireless internet and telephone services.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts & Town of Worthington Select Comcast for Town’s Broadband Project

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) has formally approved an award of $2.2 million to Comcast to support the construction of a broadband network in the Town of Worthington, Mass. The grant, which was approved by both the MassTech Executive Committee and by the MBI Board of Directors, followed a majority vote at Worthington’s Town Meeting in May choosing Comcast and supporting the construction of its advanced fiber network to deliver broadband to the town, including approval of a project coverage map. Comcast and Worthington also signed a formal Cable Franchise Agreement on December 11th. The proposed broadband network will deliver expanded connectivity to over 96 percent of Worthington’s residential and business premises once the project is complete.

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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Completion of Comcast Broadband Expansion Project with Leaders from Nine Communities

PELHAM –Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined leaders from nine western and central Massachusetts communities to celebrate the completion of the Broadband Extension Program, a project funded under the Commonwealth’s Last Mile program. The celebration took place in the Pelham Library and was attended by executives from Comcast, which oversaw expansion of broadband networks in nine towns in western and central Massachusetts, leaders from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), and community leaders from the nine communities.

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Statement on Mass. SJC's Decision in "G4S Technology LLC vs. Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation" Case

Statement from Phil Holahan, MassTech's General Counsel, regarding the recent decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on a case related to MassTech's broadband work.

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Lt. Governor Cuts Ribbon on New Broadband Network in Otis

Last week, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined town officials from Otis, Mass., and the Berkshires to cut the ribbon on the new hut that will act as the network hub for the new municipal broadband network in Otis, Mass.

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MBI Publishes Proposals To Close Broadband Gaps Under ‘Flexible Grant Program’

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) has published the responses sent in by broadband network providers to the MBI’s solicitation for proposals, called the Flexible Grant Program (FGP), to identify potential broadband solutions for unserved municipalities in the MBI’s Last Mile footprint. Initially launched by the MBI on October 5th, the goal of the FGP is to provide grant funding to capable communications network companies willing to design, build, own, operate and maintain a broadband network which meets or exceeds the current FCC broadband benchmark of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download or 3 Mbps upload.

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