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. While some homes in Otis still need to be connected to the network, the 'hut' acts as a key technical piece for the new municipal fiber-optic network.
In addition to the officials from the Town of Otis, the Lt. Governor was also joined by Bill Ennen, the Last Mile Implementation Liaison for the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, and A.J. Enchill from the office of State Senator Adam Hinds.
State support for the network came in the form of a $1.7 million dollar grant from EOHED's Last Mile Implementation Grant program and the backhaul connection to the state-owned MassBroadband 123 'middle mile', which provides high-speed connectivity to the main internet hubs in the other parts of the state. In addition to Otis, Leverett and Mount Washington, Mass., both have municipal networks supported by the Last Mile program, with the Town of Alford also nearing completion on their own fiber-optic network.