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March 2016

Shutesbury & New Salem Broadband Committees’ response to The Recorder

March 7th, 2016|News, Top Stories|

In a recent article in the The Recorder, “Wendell Eyes WiredWest Alternatives,” it was implied that Shutesbury and New Salem are looking at ways to build a (small) regional network. While our broadband committees are continuously evaluating all options as a part of appropriate due diligence on this critical issue, we do not at this [...]

February 2016

WiredWest Continues to Develop Plans as State Reviews Last Mile Broadband

February 6th, 2016|News, Top Stories|

WiredWest continues to actively develop its plans in coordination with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). WiredWest will continue to push hard on behalf of and in concert with our towns and citizens for this desperately needed project to move forward. Every household, business, organization and town without access to high-speed Internet access is suffering today, [...]

December 2015

WiredWest Board Creates Negotiating Team For MBI Meetings

December 20th, 2015|News|

The Board of Directors of WiredWest, at its meeting on December 19th, voted unanimously to appoint a select group of representatives from its member towns to negotiate with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) to resolve differences between the organizations’ plans for last-mile broadband deployment in WiredWest towns. MBI issued a statement on December 1st saying [...]

WIredWest charges that MBI action ignores the will of the towns

December 4th, 2015|News|

Northampton, December 4 — WiredWest, the cooperative of towns in western Mass working together to build and operate a regional fiber-optic broadband network, has reacted strongly to the December 1st statement by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute denying funding to the WiredWest project. WiredWest found the statement to be based on distortions, unsubstantiated claims and innuendo [...]

November 2015

THE REALITIES OF SMALL TOWNS BUILDING SINGLE-TOWN, HIGH COST, HIGH RISK NETWORKS

November 20th, 2015|News|

The Otis Select Board announced they will be pursuing their own solution for last-mile broadband, rather than the WiredWest regional solution.  A town has every right to choose the course it takes, however, based on the extensive due diligence completed by WiredWest, this decision will increase the cost of bringing fiber-optic service to Otis as well [...]

September 2015

Western Mass Proud! 24 rural towns authorize over $38M for their regional fiber network

September 10th, 2015|News|

This past Tuesday, the town of Ashfield, MA, population 1,737, authorized $2.3 million for their share of constructing a fiber broadband network in their town. The Ashfield vote brings the total WiredWest member towns to 24 – all small, rural towns in Western Massachusetts that have overwhelmingly decided they are prepared to invest in the [...]

August 2015

23 Towns Authorize $36M and over 7,000 subscribers make deposits

August 10th, 2015|News|

Fours years after creating the WiredWest telecommunications coop to bring broadband to rural communities in Western Mass, 23 towns have signaled they’re ready to move forward with a regional fiber-optic network. Over the last several months, 23 WiredWest communities have passed bond authorizations totaling $36 million for their towns’ portions of costs to build a [...]

July 2015

Update: 22 towns authorize $34.5M for fiber. 6,700+ deposits on service

July 2nd, 2015|News|

After creating a telecommunications coop to bring broadband to rural communities in Western Mass, and completing four years of planning, WiredWest member towns have signaled they’re ready to move forward with a regional fiber-optic network. Over the last two months, 22 WiredWest communities have passed bond authorizations totaling $34.5 million for their towns’ portions of [...]

May 2015

16 WiredWest towns have voted to authorize $26M so far. And over 6,000 deposits for service. More votes to come!

May 30th, 2015|News|

Sixteen towns have passed bond authorization votes so far, totalling $26 million, which would qualify towns participating in a regional network to an additional $14 million in state funding through the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. Bond authorization votes require a 2/3rds majority to pass. The 16 towns that have passed it, have recorded votes well above [...]

WiredWest town bond vote wins continue

May 7th, 2015|News|

Adding to previous affirmative WiredWest town bond authorization votes in six towns--Shutesbury, Cummington, Plainfield, West Stockbridge, Blandford and Windsor, are ten more towns that also passed with overwhelming majorities. Voters approved warrant articles authorizing borrowing for a broadband network at Town Meetings in Egremont, Colrain, and Washington, followed by Monterey and Becket on May 8th and 9th - [...]