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Shutesbury & New Salem Broadband Committees’ response to The Recorder

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 time see any benefits to forming small regional networks. We have recently met with representatives from Wendell (and a local internet service provider) and are not convinced that the business model presents the economy and the stability that is essential in such an investment by our towns. Similarly, the article suggested that we are concerned […]

March 7th, 2016|

WiredWest Continues to Develop Plans as State Reviews Last Mile Broadband

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, and robust, affordable and universally available broadband for our communities must remain a priority.

The WiredWest Negotiating Committee has worked successfully to build open lines of communication with the MBI over the last two months and have had numerous productive meetings. As the MBI works with the Baker administration, the WiredWest team continues the exhaustive due […]

February 6th, 2016|

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Governor Baker and Administration Leaders, MBI, and the Western Mass Legislative Delegation Meet with Unserved Town Leaders

Notes from May 10, 2016 meeting between Governor Baker and invitees from Western Mass

ATTENDEES:

Baker Administration and state officials: Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Secretary Jay Ash, Carolyn Kirk, (Deputy Secretary of Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development), Sean Cronin (Senior Deputy Commissioner of Division of Local Services [part of DOR]), Peter Larkin (MBI), Bill Ennen (MBI), Ed Donnelly (MBI), Linda Dunlavy (MBI).

Western Mass legislative delegation: Senator Stan Rosenberg, Senator Ben Downing, Rep. Steve Kulik, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, and Rep. Paul Mark. Other delegation staffers were also in attendance.

Western Mass invitees: Toby Gould (Charlemont Select Board), Kimberly Longey (Plainfield), Charley Rose (Worthington Select Board), Michael DeChiara (Shutesbury Select Board),  Doug Tanner (Wendell Finance Committee), Steve Harris (Middlefield), Thomas Powers (Leverettnet), Joe Boudreau (Worthington Finance Committee).

SUMMARY:

The meeting was officially one hour, 10:00-11:00 am, at the State House in Boston. Governor Baker and Senator Rosenberg left at 11:00 am, but most of the attendees stayed for another hour of discussion.

Gov. Baker promised to get this project back on track; and has increased MBI’s team to include Peter Larkin and Bill Ennen to ideally better manage the project and expedite implementation of the newest last mile plan. Larkin will report directly to Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Jay Ash. Ash was in attendance but did not speak. Ennen will shift from his current position at the Innovation Institute at Mass Technology […]

May 13th, 2016|

Governor Baker and Administration Leaders, MBI, and the Western Mass Legislative Delegation Meet with Unserved Town Leaders

May 10 meeting between Western Mass Town Broadband representatives and the Governor

Attendees:

Governor Baker, Lt Gov Polito, Secretary Jay Ash, Carolyn Kirk, (Deputy Secretary of Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development), Sean Cronin (Senior Deputy Commissioner of Division of Local Services [part of DOR]), Peter Larkin (MBI), Bill Ennen (MBI), Ed Donnelly (MBI), Linda Dunlavy (MBI).

Our legislative delegation was in attendance: Stan Rosenberg, Ben Downing, Steve Kulik, Smitty Pignatelli, and Paul Mark.

Invited local reps: Toby Gould (Charlemont), Kimberly Longey (Plainfield), Charley Rose (Worthington), Michael DeChiara (Shutesbury), Doug Tanner (Wendell), Steve Harris (Middlefield), Thomas Powers (Leverett), Joe Boudreau (Worthington).

The meeting was officially one hour long, 10:00­-11:00 am at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Governor Baker and Senator Rosenberg left promptly at 11:00, most of the attendees stayed for another hour.

We know that the Governor has publicly promised to get this project back on track; and to that end, he increased MBI’s team to include Peter Larkin and Bill Ennen. They will now manage the project and expedite implementation of the newest last mile plan. Larkin and Ennen will report directly to Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. Ash was in attendance but did not speak.

Governor Baker introduced Peter Larkin, who presented a powerpoint of the Governor’s plan.

In the meeting, WiredWest representatives emphasized 1) town choice/self determination: we need to be […]

May 13th, 2016|

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