MBI changes broadband course

The Recorder
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.”

“We want progress as quickly as possible,” said a PowerPoint presentation prepared for the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). “We understand there is no one-size-fits-all model for all towns. We will support projects that provide access to minimum speed requirements, demonstrate viable funding and financing plans, and achieve operating sustainability.”

About 10 western Massachusetts broadband leaders met with Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and local legislators at the Statehouse Tuesday morning to talk about going forward on building Last Mile broadband for towns without high-speed Internet access. The western Mass. town officials also met the new MBI team leaders who are to oversee the broadband buildout for 44 under- and unserved towns.

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