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July 2016

Small towns join forces to bridge the digital divide

July 7th, 2016|Stories, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

Tim Newman (WiredWest Spokesperson and Delegate from New Marlborough) and Bob Labrie (WiredWest Executive Committee, Treasurer and Delegate from Goshen) are interviewed for this piece that showcases the efforts small towns are making to bring high speed internet to rural America. Click here for a link to the story and accompanying transcript. While cable companies [...]

May 2016

The Hills Are Dead — Without the Sound of Internet Access: Susan Crawford Blog Post

May 4th, 2016|News, Top Stories|

Susan Crawford is one of the three authors of the WiredWest Case Study. What Elizabeth Warren is to the Financial Services Sector, Susan Crawford is to Telecommunications Industry and the Internet. In this personal blog she expresses her dismay over the Commonwealth’s handling of the now-stalled effort to bring modern internet infrastructure to rural Western Mass (and indirectly [...]

Gov. Baker, connect us now and release the funding to build our network!

May 4th, 2016|News, Top Stories, Notes From the Underserved|

Sign the Petition Now! Our towns are withering. Without broadband, the future of small Western Massachusetts towns is bleak... We've been living on wrong side of the digital divide for years, not able to fully participate in 21st century life and falling further behind year by year. But as last summer came into bloom, it looked like [...]

Gov. Charlie Baker and Town Leaders Talk Over Video Skype at Stan Rosenberg’s Municipal Conference. Watch and Listen as Town Leaders Tell the Governor What Life Without Broadband is Doing to Their Towns.

May 3rd, 2016|News, Top Stories|

Governor Charlie Baker expresses his point of view on the Commonwealth's Broadband Project and his reasons for insusting on a delay, and then takes comments and questions from the audience at a meeting of municipal leaders from Hampshire & Franklin Counties sponsored by Senate President Stan Rosenberg on 4/9/16 at Greenfield Community College.  Town Leaders answer back, expressing [...]

March 2016

Editorial: State Should Clear Air About Broadband Money

March 24th, 2016|News, Top Stories|

"The Baker administration should clear the air regarding its plans for “last mile” broadband Internet money. Doing so would clear uncertainty that now exists for WiredWest’s effort to bring Internet to the county’s smaller towns." The Recorder - Editorial - March 22, 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, [...]