Massachusetts and Local Linx Extend Wifi Hotspots to Assist COVID-19 Response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech and Local Linx worked with local internet service providers (ISPs) to offer WiFi indoor and outdoor hotspots to unserved municipalities that lack broadband access. This program was established in April 2020 for outdoor hotspots and in November 2020 MBI offered eligible communities the option to add an indoor hotspot free of charge to provide critical connectivity. Existing hotspots in towns with last mile projects that will not be completed by the end of 2021 will be extended up to June 30, 2022.
Of the hotspots that have been established in 26 towns through this program, there are currently active WiFi hotspots in 15 towns. Those marked with an asterisk (*) indicate that their participation in the program ends December 31, 2021.
These access points build off of the Commonwealth-owned MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network. Each hotspot has been established at one of the community anchor institutions (CAIs) connected to the 1,200 mile fiber network in 2014.
Each of the communities listed below has a temporary 250 Megabit per second (Mbps) wireless hotspot, which allows them to increase wireless broadband access for residents and students impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
Our thanks to Local Linx, town leaders and the ISPs – Access Plus, Crocker, Westfield Gas+Electric – for their help launching and maintaining these sites.
MBI expects that each community will provide residents with instructions on how to access the hotspots.
|Becket||Town Hall||557 Main Street||WG+E|
|Blandford||Town Hall||1 Russell Stage Road||WG+E|
|Charlemont||Hawlemont Regional School||10 School Street||WG+E|
|Chesterfield*||Town Offices||422 Main Road||WG+E|
|Colrain*||Library||12 Main Road||WG+E|
|Florida||Senior Center||367 Mohawk Trail||Access Plus|
|Goshen||Town Office||40 Main Street||WG+E|
|Hawley||Town Offices||8 Pudding Hollow Road||Access Plus|
|Heath*||Former Heath Elementary School||18 Jacobs Road||WG+E|
|Monroe||Town Offices||3C School Street||Access Plus|
|New Braintree||Leroy Pollard Memorial Library||45 Memorial Drive||Crocker||LINK|
|Town Hall||66 Sandisfield Road||Crocker|
|Savoy||Town Hall||720 Main Road||Access Plus|
|Tolland||Town Hall||241 W Granville Rd||Crocker|
|Warwick*||Warwick Community School||41 Winchester Road||Access Plus|
The Commonwealth’s Last Mile program has invested over $55 million in direct grants to close broadband access gaps in 53 communities. Learn more about the Last Mile Program and the status of each project.