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March 2017

MBI Board Meeting – February 27, 2017 with PP RFP Results

The headline from this meeting is that they are releasing the Professional Services money to towns that want it to go alone, including if they want to work with WiredWest (named explicitly).  The other big announcement is that for towns that still want an assisted MBI Build, MBI will pay for the Make-Ready costs up front, [...]

February 2017

WGBY Connection Point Interview with WiredWest Feb-27-2017

Bob Labrie and Tim Newman answer questions about WiredWest's Regional Broadband Solution on WGBY's Connecting Point.

MLP Depreciation Reserves for Broadband MLP’s

Generally, MLP's are required to pay into a deprecation reserve account 3% of the replaceable assets per year. We have been figuring this into our financial model for towns and it turns out to be a significant component of cost. Recent communications (below) reveal that Telecom MLP's formed to deliver internet service are not required [...]

Suggested Wording for Warrant Article to Form MLP Board

By law, the MLP may be governed by either a group of elected individuals (a Light Plant Board) or the Select Board, itself. Because new WiredWest MLPs will primarily be acting as cooperative members and are unlikely to take significant actions independently, it may be most efficient for the Select Board to govern directly. However, The [...]

Towns Express Overwhelming Support for WiredWest and WG&E at MBI PP Open Meeting

On February, 16, 2017 the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) held an open meeting to hear from MBI town designees and local Select board members about their thoughts regarding the results of the Private Provider RFP. The meeting took place at the Worthington, Massachusetts Town Hall. Select board members and designees wishing to speak were asked [...]

Resolutions Passed at 2/4/17 Board Meeting for Selectmen to sign

WiredWest Delegates, At the Board meeting on February 4, 2017 in Becket, the WiredWest Board passed two resolutions for approval by member town Select Boards. These resolutions were already forwarded to delegates who were in attendance at the meeting. If you were not in attendance, the intention is for you to present these to your [...]

Back regional broadband, towns tell MBI panel

By Larry Parnass, Reprinted from The Berkshire Eagle WORTHINGTON — Broadband advocates from Berkshire County and beyond pressed Thursday for the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to free up funding, speed decision-making and support regional solutions to a problem they say impairs civic life. Their sometimes sharply worded remarks took frequent aim at the MBI itself, saying [...]

Recent Updates

3/6/2017 Added 2/27 MBI Meeting with PP RPF results 3/4/2017 Added Key Features page to the Project section. 3/4/2017 Added additional FAQ's to the Regional Broadband FAQ's page. 2/28/2017 added WGBY Connection Point Interview on Videos page. 2/28/2017 added MLP Depreciation Reserve info 2/28/2017 added Suggested Warrant Article for MLP Board Resolutions for Selectmen to sign (2/4/2017) on the  Recent Info page 2/16/2017 Updated Media [...]

WiredWest Broadband Solution Workshop – January 28, 2017

This event was designed for members of Select Boards, Broadband Committees and Finance Committees to familiarize them with the details of the newly designed regional operations plan offered by WiredWest in order to weigh it against other options. The plan presented covers operations of town networks after they are built. Since the Last Mile policy [...]

January 2017

WiredWest Offers New Proposal For Western Mass. Broadband

By JIM LEVULIS, WAMC - Original post on WAMC.org https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2017/01/wiredwestweb.mp3 Efforts to bring broadband internet to underserved areas of rural, western Massachusetts have been ongoing for more than a decade. Now the regional cooperative WiredWest has a new proposal. It comes after Governor Charlie Baker’s administration shook up and reviewed the efforts of the [...]