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 to RSVP to MBI Deputy Director Edmund Donnelly, as each speaker was limited to 3 minutes.
Over almost a 2 hour period, one town after another told the MBI they wanted 3 things:
- Let the towns work with Westfield Gas & Electric to build their networks
- Release to each town their full allocation of the $40 million appropriated for the last mile build for both construction and professional services
- Allow the towns to work regionally with WiredWest if they choose.