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January 2015

Graham Richard

January 14th, 2015|Stories|

America’s Broadband Major, Graham Richard speaks to WiredWest about the importance of high performance broadband to job retention, job growth and economic development for a region.

September 2014

Announcement of Collaboration on Last Mile Efforts

September 24th, 2014|News|

It’s been a productive month for regional last-mile planning, and we’re pleased to report that meaningful progress is being made. WiredWest has recently had several meetings with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) and we have collectively agreed to convene in working groups on a regular schedule to accelerate planning and deployment. This will put us on track to meet [...]

July 2014

State Passes IT Bond Bill with Support Funding for Last-Mile

July 31st, 2014|News|

On Tuesday, July 29th, The Massachusetts House and Senate both voted in favor of passing the IT Bond Bill, which contained $50 million in funding to support the build out of last-mile broadband service in unserved areas of the Commonwealth. The following day, the bill was enacted by the Legislature and sent to the Governor for [...]

June Project Update

July 8th, 2014|News|

Considerable progress is being made toward financing last-mile broadband in western Massachusetts. After a long period of little activity in the state legislature, the IT Bond Bill is on the verge of passage, with $50 million allocated to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). WiredWest has been working on a mechanism for the borrowing authority of its [...]

March 2014

March Project Update

March 8th, 2014|News|

WiredWest 
is 
actively 
pursuing 
financing from federal and local sources, seeking 
to
 raise 
about 
$50 million
 to 
match 
the
 approximately
 $50 
million 
for 
last‐mile
 broadband
 in 
the 
IT 
Bond 
Bill pending
 in 
the 
state 
legislature. The
 Federal 
Communications 
Commission 
requested 
“Expressions
 of 
Interest”
 for
 what 
it 
calls,
 “experiments” 
in 
rural 
broadband 
deployment 
by 
“non‐traditional”
 entities.
 [...]

February 2014

January / February Project Update

February 8th, 2014|News|

WiredWest continues to engage with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) about deployment of last-mile broadband in western Mass. WiredWest Executive Director David Epstein participates in MBI’s “kitchen cabinet,” a group formed by MBI to assist it in formulating its last-mile strategy and which includes several consultants with expertise in broadband, as well as executives of MBI [...]

December 2013

December Project Update

December 12th, 2013|News|

WiredWest continues to focus our strategy and efforts on four key areas: 1) Supporting the passage of the IT bond bill 2) Partnering with MBI on developing the last-mile network 3) Seeking the additional funds needed for its construction and operation 4) Working closely with our member towns to assure local participation in the project [...]

November 2013

Fall Project Update

November 20th, 2013|News|

The prospects for providing residents and businesses in western Massachusetts with high-speed internet and other broadband services were significantly enhanced this spring when Governor Deval Patrick filed an IT bond bill with the state legislature that included $40 million for last-mile broadband infrastructure.  The funds are to be administered by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), [...]

August 2013

August Update

August 18th, 2013|News|

This August will be the WiredWest Cooperative’s second anniversary. It has been a busy two years that included completion of the following network planning tasks: Creation of a map database of utility poles, roads and structures High level network design and cost estimates Market Research Financial modeling and financing strategy development Economic impact study Development of printed materials Maintenance of a marketing [...]

April 2013

WiredWest Applauds Governor’s Efforts to Extend Broadband to Western Mass

April 13th, 2013|News|

Last week at Farmington River School in Otis, Governor Patrick celebrated the launch of the first segment of the MBI 123 middle-mile broadband network, which will bring fiber-optic connectivity to Community Anchor Institutions, including town and city halls, libraries, schools, and public safety and health care facilities, in 124 towns in Western Massachusetts. The installation [...]