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February 2013

Important Clarifications for WiredWest Towns Regarding Service on the Massachusetts Broadband Institute Network

February 11th, 2013|News|

WiredWest has received a number of inquiries about service on the state’s fiber-optic network, MBI 123, which is lighting up in Western Massachusetts beginning this March. The MBI 123 middle-mile network was built to serve as wholesale backhaul for last-mile networks and to connect Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs). It will not serve homes and businesses [...]

January 2013

2012 Recap and Plans for 2013

January 29th, 2013|News|

2012 was a busy year for WiredWest that included the addition of 16 new towns to the Cooperative, bringing the current membership to 42 towns eager to work together to create a long-term, comprehensive solution to the problem of inadequate broadband access. Regular meetings of WiredWest’s organizational bodies were conducted throughout the year, with Board [...]

October 2012

Want WiredWest fiber in your town? Complete a Support Card today!

October 2nd, 2012|News|

Forty towns in Western Massachusetts are working together to build a financially viable state-of-the-art fiber-optic network to provide our homes and businesses with high-performance internet, phone, TV and more. But to make it a reality in your town, we need evidence of local demand for these services. Please complete a Support Card here, indicating your [...]

August 2012

WiredWest Celebrates Milestones and Path Forward on First Anniversary

August 13th, 2012|News|

WiredWest Communications Cooperative Corporation celebrates its first anniversary today amid key efforts to bring the network to fruition. The WiredWest Coop was formed on August 13, 2011 by 22 Western Massachusetts towns that had voted to create Municipal Lighting Plant (MLP) departments. The MLP legislation, Chapter 164 of Massachusetts General Laws, is over 100 years [...]

June 2012

WiredWest issues RFP for high level engineering and cost estimation

June 22nd, 2012|News|

WiredWest has issued a Request for Proposal for high level network design and cost estimates for the WiredWest fiber-to-the-premise network. The results will be used as the basis for WiredWest’s pro-forma and financing. “The work generated by this RFP will provide critical information to take the project to the next step,” said Monica Webb, Chair [...]

April 2012

April Update

April 17th, 2012|News - Archived|

WiredWest continues to stay focused on building out 21st century broadband for our region. 2011 was a productive year, with highlights being the official formation of the WiredWest Cooperative by 22 member towns; incorporation with the Commonwealth; development of key financial documents; and the award of two grants to complete critical work for the business [...]

January 2012

New Year’s News

January 4th, 2012|News - Archived|

As 2012 begins, WiredWest is continuing to work diligently to bring the 21st century broadband to the doorsteps of our community residents and businesses. Highlights for 2011 include: - The WiredWest Communications Cooperative Corporation was established in August, and currently has 24 Western Massachusetts member towns that have passed the Municipal Light Plant legislation. Eighteen [...]

August 2011

Twenty-Two towns form the WiredWest Cooperative

August 23rd, 2011|News - Archived|

August 13th was a historic occasion for many Western Massachusetts towns, which officially formed a joint cooperative to build and operate a state-of-the-art telecommunications network for residents and businesses. The new Cooperative - WiredWest - will create a community-owned network offering high quality internet, phone and television services to member towns. Today, most WiredWest towns [...]

WiredWest Incorporation August 13th

August 9th, 2011|News - Archived|

August 13th will be a historic occasion for many Western Massachusetts towns, as they form a joint cooperative to build and operate a state-of-the-art telecommunications network for residents and businesses. Founding member towns have traditionally been unserved or underserved by existing broadband providers. The new Cooperative, called WiredWest, will create a community-owned network offering high [...]

July 2011

Governor Patrick Kicks Off Construction of the Mass Broadband 123 Network.

July 28th, 2011|News - Archived|

On a sunny Tuesday morning in Sandisfield, Governor Deval Patrick announced that construction was beginning on the state’s $71.6 million fiber-optic network. This fiber will bring ultra high-speed internet access to anchor institutions in 123 communities in Western Massachusetts and provide high-capacity backhaul for providers interested in building last-mile connections to homes and businesses. Therein [...]