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May 2016

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

May 13th, 2016|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, (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), [...]

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

May 13th, 2016|News - Archived, Notes From the Underserved|

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), [...]

Baker-Polito Administration Appoints New MBI Leadership

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

March 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, [...]

January 2016

Business Plan Draft Oct 12 2015

January 13th, 2016|Documents|

The most recent draft release of the WiredWest Business Plan is now available for review.

December 2015

WiredWest Board Creates Negotiating Team For MBI Meetings

December 20th, 2015|News|

The Board of Directors of WiredWest, at its meeting on December 19th, voted unanimously to appoint a select group of representatives from its member towns to negotiate with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) to resolve differences between the organizations’ plans for last-mile broadband deployment in WiredWest towns. MBI issued a statement on December 1st saying [...]

WIredWest charges that MBI action ignores the will of the towns

December 4th, 2015|News|

Northampton, December 4 — WiredWest, the cooperative of towns in western Mass working together to build and operate a regional fiber-optic broadband network, has reacted strongly to the December 1st statement by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute denying funding to the WiredWest project. WiredWest found the statement to be based on distortions, unsubstantiated claims and innuendo [...]

November 2015

THE REALITIES OF SMALL TOWNS BUILDING SINGLE-TOWN, HIGH COST, HIGH RISK NETWORKS

November 20th, 2015|News|

The Otis Select Board announced they will be pursuing their own solution for last-mile broadband, rather than the WiredWest regional solution.  A town has every right to choose the course it takes, however, based on the extensive due diligence completed by WiredWest, this decision will increase the cost of bringing fiber-optic service to Otis as [...]

September 2015

Western Mass Proud! 24 rural towns authorize over $38M for their regional fiber network

September 10th, 2015|News|

This past Tuesday, the town of Ashfield, MA, population 1,737, authorized $2.3 million for their share of constructing a fiber broadband network in their town. The Ashfield vote brings the total WiredWest member towns to 24 – all small, rural towns in Western Massachusetts that have overwhelmingly decided they are prepared to invest in the [...]