January 2017

MBI’s MB123 Middle Mile and Why it is a Hindrance to a Regional Broadband Network

January 23rd, 2017|News, Get the Latest Info|

Published as a My Turn article in the Greenfield : The Greenfield Recorder, David Dvore, My Turn/Dvore: Where is the broadband?, January 23, 2017 What happens when you put lawyers and politicians in charge of a project that requires business and technical expertise? MBI, Massachusetts Broadband Institute, was created in 2008 by emergency legislation that allocated [...]

2017 New Years Message, Steps Forward from WiredWest

January 8th, 2017|Uncategorized, Notes From the Underserved, Get the Latest Info|

With the start of the new year, we want to thank your supporters and share with you our new plans for moving forward in 2017. As you may know, in late 2015 Governor Baker placed a ‘pause’ on all state Last Mile Broadband projects. In May 2016 the Baker Administration lifted the ‘pause’ and named [...]

December 2016

The State Should Work with WiredWest on a Regional Plan

December 6th, 2016|Notes From the Underserved, Get the Latest Info|

MBI was initially funded and created by emergency legistlation in 2008 with a mandate to bring broadband internet service to all 45 unserved communities. Instead, they spent $80M building the MB123 middle mile to 123 communities which they claimed would attract private companies to finish the last mile. It never did and now is a hindrance to [...]

October 2016

1Berkshire Finalist Award

October 2nd, 2016|News, Documents, Get the Latest Info|

An anonymous admirer of WiredWest nominated us for the 2016 1Berkshire award for Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy. We made it to the finals.  WiredWest didn't win, but we were one of 5 finalists. Steve Nelson attended the ceremony to receive the award on behalf on WiredWest. An unexpected recognition of our work.

July 2016

The Berkman Case Study of WiredWest

July 9th, 2016|News, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University is a public policy institute whose mission is to explore and understand cyberspace. Read the Center’s just-released long-researched case study on WiredWest. WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network. Western Massachusetts Towns Create a New Model for Last-Mile Connectivity, but a [...]

Wiredwest Releases Analysis Showing Significant Cost Advantage Of A Regional Fiber Network Over Stand-Alone Town Networks

July 8th, 2016|News, Documents, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

Read the Report It recently became clear that a rational, data driven analysis comparing the financial impacts of regionalization with towns going it alone was needed for all involved. Only with such a comparison could towns make informed, eyes wide open, decisions on how best to proceed with bringing broadband to their citizens. And this [...]

Small towns join forces to bridge the digital divide

July 7th, 2016|Stories, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

Tim Newman (WiredWest Spokesperson and Delegate from New Marlborough) and Bob Labrie (WiredWest Executive Committee, Treasurer and Delegate from Goshen) are interviewed for this piece that showcases the efforts small towns are making to bring high speed internet to rural America. Click here for a link to the story and accompanying transcript. While cable companies [...]

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), [...]

Baker-Polito Administration Appoints New MBI Leadership

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

January 2016

Who Is Killing the Towns of Western Massachusetts?

January 17th, 2016|News, Top Stories, Get the Latest Info|

by Susan Crawford. Reprinted from BackChannel. Read the original article. It may be the governor. In the State House. With the lobbyists. This is the story of a dramatic failure of imagination and vision at the state level: Governor Charlie Baker’s apparent insistence that Massachusetts relegate small towns to second-rate, high-priced, monopoly-controlled (and unregulated) communications [...]