In the first nine town meetings voting on a warrant article to authorize town borrowing to support a regional broadband network, the articles were approved overwhelmingly. In one town, even unanimously. Cummington went first on Friday night, followed by Plainfield and then Shutesbury on Saturday, and West Stockbridge, Blandford and Windsor on Monday. Egremont and Colrain followed [...]
This op-ed by Steve Nelson, WiredWest's Governance Chair, appeared in the Berkshire Eagle on April 15, 2015 For those of us in Western Mass. who have been without high-speed Internet service for far too long, our moment of truth is now at hand. A years-long effort to solve this problem will succeed or fail during town [...]
Thirty-two of WiredWest’s member towns are working to create a regional fiber broadband network to deliver high-speed internet, digital phone, TV and other services to homes and businesses. The network, estimated to cost $79 million, will be constructed by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, which will contribute about 40% of the funding for the network and oversee its construction. WiredWest will [...]
WiredWest Executive Committee members Monica Webb and Steve Nelson interviewed about the project on WGBY’s Connecting Point.
Video of the August 13, 2011 official formation of the WiredWest Cooperative.
Local residents, businesspeople, educators, legislators and community leaders talk about the challenges for Western Massachusetts of inadequate broadband – and the possibilities that a state-of-the-art fiber-to-the-home network would offer.
It’s been a productive month for regional last-mile planning, and we’re pleased to report that meaningful progress is being made. WiredWest has recently had several meetings with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) and we have collectively agreed to convene in working groups on a regular schedule to accelerate planning and deployment. This will put us on track to meet [...]
On Tuesday, July 29th, The Massachusetts House and Senate both voted in favor of passing the IT Bond Bill, which contained $50 million in funding to support the build out of last-mile broadband service in unserved areas of the Commonwealth. The following day, the bill was enacted by the Legislature and sent to the Governor for [...]
Considerable progress is being made toward financing last-mile broadband in western Massachusetts. After a long period of little activity in the state legislature, the IT Bond Bill is on the verge of passage, with $50 million allocated to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). WiredWest has been working on a mechanism for the borrowing authority of its [...]