December 2017

Why Choose the Coop Approach to Managing Town Owned Networks?

December 8th, 2017|News, Stories, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

Some town officials think of WiredWest as a “Them” like another service provider trying to sell something. WiredWest is “Us.” It’s an approach to procuring services and managing our broadband networks as a team rather than individually. Now that we are nearing the point of putting networks into service, we have a choice of whether [...]

August 2017

Recent Updates

August 5th, 2017|Top Stories|

April 2017

MBI Board Meeting March 28, 2017 – include presentation of new Grant Program

April 3rd, 2017|News, Documents|

Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Sec of EOHED, presents new Last Mile Grant Program to the MBI Board 3/28/2017  

WiredWest Broadband Solution Workshop – January 28, 2017

April 2nd, 2017|News, Stories, Top Stories, 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 against other options. The plan presented covers operations of town networks after they are built. Since the Last Mile policy [...]

Berkshire towns welcome change in Massachusetts Broadband Institute policy

April 1st, 2017|News, Top Stories|

Reprinted from the Berkshire Eagle By Larry Parnass, lparnass@berkshireeagle.com "Productive." "Optimistic." After a year in the deep freeze, relations between state officials and broadband activists in Western Massachusetts appear to be thawing. Leaders of WiredWest used the words above to describe their meeting last week with Carolyn Kirk, the state's deputy secretary of housing and [...]

March 2017

Bringing Broadband to Rural Massachusetts

March 31st, 2017|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 (MLPs). WiredWest is a Cooperative of town MLPs joining together for operational efficiencies and cost savings. The coop is governed by delegates from the member towns for the purpose of delivering high quality broadband service to all residents [...]

Towns pleased with changes to state broadband funding

March 30th, 2017|News, Top Stories|

Reprinted from The Recorder By DIANE BRONCACCIO , Recorder Staff Thursday, March 30, 2017 Local officials say they hope the state’s revised broadband policy will break the gridlock on which the internet build-out for unserved towns has stalled over the last two years. “This new grant program is a huge step forward for last-mile broadband,” said [...]

February 2017

WGBY Connection Point Interview with WiredWest Feb-27-2017

February 28th, 2017|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|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. The meeting took place at the Worthington, Massachusetts Town Hall. Select board members and designees wishing to speak were asked [...]

Back regional broadband, towns tell MBI panel

February 17th, 2017|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 to a problem they say impairs civic life. Their sometimes sharply worded remarks took frequent aim at the MBI itself, saying [...]