April 2017

Recent Updates

April 9th, 2017|Top Stories|

4/23/2017 Added Understanding WiredWest's Role also as a printable download. 4/22/2017 Updated Advice for Towns including town status and added Last Mile Infrastructure Grant Program 4/9/2017 Added One Page Description for Public Handout to the  Recent Info page 3/31/2017 Added 3/28 MBI Meeting w/ grant program 3/30/2017 Updated Media Coverage page. 3/6/2017 Added 2/27 MBI Meeting with PP RPF results 3/4/2017 Added Key [...]

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  

Towns pleased with changes to state broadband funding

April 1st, 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 [...]

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 (MLP’s). WiredWest is a Cooperative of town MLP's 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 [...]

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.

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

February 26th, 2017|News, Stories, Notes From the Underserved, Get the Latest Info|

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 [...]

WiredWest Broadband Solution Workshop – January 28, 2017

February 18th, 2017|News, Stories, Top Stories, Notes From the Underserved, 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 [...]

Back regional broadband, towns tell MBI panel

February 17th, 2017|News, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

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 [...]

January 2017

WiredWest Offers New Proposal For Western Mass. Broadband

January 31st, 2017|News, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

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 [...]