See also Recent Info in the Delegates section for more detailed info.

A Fresh Start!

March 31st, 2017|Categories: 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 […]

WGBY Connection Point Interview with WiredWest Feb-27-2017

February 28th, 2017|Categories: 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|Categories: 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. […]

WiredWest Broadband Solution Workshop – January 28, 2017

February 18th, 2017|Categories: 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 […]

Back regional broadband, towns tell MBI panel

February 17th, 2017|Categories: 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 […]

WiredWest Offers New Proposal For Western Mass. Broadband

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

By JIM LEVULIS, WAMC – Original post on WAMC.org

Efforts to bring broadband internet to underserved areas of rural, western Massachusetts have been ongoing for more […]

WiredWest offers broadband operations

January 28th, 2017|Categories: News, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

by Larry Parnass – The Berkshire Eagle Read full story

NORTHAMPTON — Rather than build and run a sprawling regional broadband system, a nonprofit cooperative now […]

MBI’s MB123 Middle Mile and Why it is a Hindrance to a Regional Broadband Network

January 23rd, 2017|Categories: News, Get the Latest Info|

Published as a My Turn article in the Greenfield :
The Greenfield Recorder, David Dvore, My Turn/Dvore: Where is the broadband?, January 23, 2017

What happens when you put lawyers and politicians in charge of a […]

Who Is Killing the Towns of Western Massachusetts?

January 17th, 2017|Categories: News, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

by Susan Crawford. Reprinted from BackChannel. Read the original article.

It may be the governor. In the State House. With the lobbyists.

This is the story of a dramatic failure of imagination and vision at […]

2017 New Years Message, Steps Forward from WiredWest

January 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized, Notes From the Underserved, Get the Latest Info|

With the start of the new year, we want to thank your supporters and share with you our new plans for moving forward in 2017.

As you may know, in late 2015 Governor Baker placed a […]

The State Should Work with WiredWest on a Regional Plan

December 6th, 2016|Categories: Notes From the Underserved, Get the Latest Info|Tags: |

MBI was initially funded and created by emergency legistlation in 2008 with a mandate to bring broadband internet service to all 45 unserved communities. Instead, they spent $80M building the MB123 middle mile to 123 communities which […]

1Berkshire Finalist Award

October 2nd, 2016|Categories: News, Documents, Get the Latest Info|

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 […]

The Berkman Case Study of WiredWest

July 9th, 2016|Categories: News, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

ww.berkman study.COVER IMAGEThe Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University is a public policy institute whose mission is to explore and understand cyberspace. Read the Center’s […]

Wiredwest Releases Analysis Showing Significant Cost Advantage Of A Regional Fiber Network Over Stand-Alone Town Networks

July 8th, 2016|Categories: News, Documents, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

Read the Report

It recently became clear that a rational, data driven analysis comparing the financial impacts of regionalization with towns going it alone was needed for all involved. Only with […]

Small towns join forces to bridge the digital divide

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

PBSNewsHour

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 […]

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

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Notes From the Underserved, Get the Latest Info|

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, […]

Baker-Polito Administration Appoints New MBI Leadership

May 6th, 2016|Categories: News, Get the Latest Info|

WiredWest on WGBY’s Connecting Point

January 14th, 2015|Categories: Stories, Get the Latest Info|

WiredWest Executive Committee members Monica Webb and Steve Nelson interviewed about the project on WGBY’s Connecting Point.

Massachusetts Towns Form WiredWest Cooperative

January 14th, 2015|Categories: Stories, Get the Latest Info|

Video of the August 13, 2011 official formation of the WiredWest Cooperative.

WiredWest: Fiber Now!

January 14th, 2015|Categories: Stories, Get the Latest Info|

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.