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April 2017

WiredWest Regional Broadband Solution Presentation – January 28 2017

April 17th, 2017|Documents|

IMPORTANT: Based on feedback from an astute participant, we made a correction to the Financials Spreadsheet that was on the thumb drives handed out at the Workshop and posted here. Please download the version marked June 12 if you have the older one. Also, the Professional Services Pricing was updated again on April 17, 2017. The combined zip [...]

WiredWest One Page Primer – April 2017

April 9th, 2017|Documents|

This one page description of who we are and our plans requires no prior knowledge. It can be used as a handout at meetings. Here are links for the pdf version and for a Word .doc version that can be edited according to your town's needs. There is a separate single page handout for understanding WiredWest's [...]

MBI Board Meeting March 28, 2017 – include presentation of new Grant Program

April 3rd, 2017|News, Documents|

Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Sec of EOHED, presents new Last Mile Grant Program to the MBI Board 3/28/2017  

WiredWest Broadband Solution Workshop – January 28, 2017

April 2nd, 2017|News, Stories, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

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 [...]

Berkshire towns welcome change in Massachusetts Broadband Institute policy

April 1st, 2017|News, Top Stories|

Reprinted from the Berkshire Eagle By Larry Parnass, lparnass@berkshireeagle.com "Productive." "Optimistic." After a year in the deep freeze, relations between state officials and broadband activists in Western Massachusetts appear to be thawing. Leaders of WiredWest used the words above to describe their meeting last week with Carolyn Kirk, the state's deputy secretary of housing and [...]

March 2017

A Fresh Start!

March 31st, 2017|Notes From the Underserved, Get the Latest Info|

Who is WiredWest? Massachusetts laws allow towns to own and operate utility companies called Municipal Light Plants (MLPs). WiredWest is a Cooperative of town MLPs joining together for operational efficiencies and cost savings. The coop is governed by delegates from the member towns for the purpose of delivering high quality broadband service to all residents [...]

Towns pleased with changes to state broadband funding

March 30th, 2017|News, Top Stories|

Reprinted from The Recorder By DIANE BRONCACCIO , Recorder Staff Thursday, March 30, 2017 Local officials say they hope the state’s revised broadband policy will break the gridlock on which the internet build-out for unserved towns has stalled over the last two years. “This new grant program is a huge step forward for last-mile broadband,” said [...]

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

March 6th, 2017|Documents|

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

February 28th, 2017|News, Stories, Get the Latest Info|

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

February 27th, 2017|Documents|

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 [...]