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

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 [...]

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 [...]

January 2017

WiredWest Regional Broadband Solution Presentation – January 28 2017

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 Jan 31 if you have the older one. Also, the Professional Services Pricing was updated on Feb 2. The combined zip file [...]

WiredWest Press Release for Regional Broadband Solution Workshop

Legal Notes Regarding Regional MLP Operation and Collaboration

Below is a legal opinion regarding the re-organization of the WiredWest MLP Coop as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). In brief, it finds that the WiredWest MLP Coop may function as an LLC. There is some follow-up email correspondence with Duncan & Allen regarding MLP operation and collaboration posted below the document. After that, there is [...]

December 2016

Suggested Resolution on Regional Broadband

Dear Delegate: The letter and accompanying resolution below has been sent to all town leaders.  We urge you to meet with your Selectboard and urge them to consider passing the resolution. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Dear Town Leader: The years-long effort [...]

MBI Board Meeting December 6, 2016

There is a conspicuous lack of mention of regional solutions despite regionalization being brought up to Bill Ennen and several MBI Board members as a solution addressing the sustainability and complexity of managing town owned networks.

October 2016

1Berkshire Finalist Award

An anonymous admirer of WiredWest nominated us for the 2016 1Berkshire award for Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy. We made it to the finals.  WiredWest didn't win, but we were one of 5 finalists. Steve Nelson attended the ceremony to receive the award on behalf on WiredWest. An unexpected recognition of our work.