On Dec. 26, 2018, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) approved an award of $2.2 million to Comcast to build a broadband network covering the town of Worthington, MA, an award made following the selection of the Comcast proposal at a town vote in May and through the negotiation of a cable franchise agreement between the Town and Comcast. This is the first award made under the MBI's Flexible Grant Program.
This award makes Worthington the 42nd Last Mile municipality placed on a dedicated path to broadband and this project will deliver fast, reliable internet services to residents once complete.
This brings the Commonwealth's direct investment to nearly $32M in direct grants to close connectivity gaps in unserved and underserved towns across Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires.
Four media outlets reported on the progress and the impact it will have on the residents and businesses, including:
- Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito share the significance of this project along with other local town leaders in the article published by MassLive.com on January 11, 2019;
- The details of the process and next steps were outlined in the article by the Daily Hampshire Gazette as they announce the approval of the Last Mile grant; and
- The publication BusinessWest and the online news outlet The Berkshire Edge also covered the grant award in late December 2018.