May 2016

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), [...]

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 [...]

June 2011

WiredWest Awarded Massachusetts Broadband Institute Grant

June 30th, 2011|News - Archived|

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) announced yesterday that WiredWest will be a recipient of their award program to advance last-mile broadband solutions. This award will be leveraged with in-kind services and additional funding to complete the planning process for the WiredWest fiber-to-the-premise network in its member towns in 2011 and 2012. According to the Massachusetts [...]

May 2011

Affirmative Votes for WiredWest Continue!

May 16th, 2011|News - Archived|

Over the past several weeks, towns across Western Massachusetts have taken steps to join the modern digital world by voting on legislation enabling participation in the WiredWest telecommunications cooperative. Every vote so far has been affirmative, and the tally so far is 19 towns that have finalized the legislation, and 11 that have passed preliminary [...]

Strong Start to Town Meeting Season

May 5th, 2011|News - Archived|

Over the past two weeks, votes at several Western Massachusetts town meetings on legislation enabling participation in a regional telecommunications cooperative have passed handily. Nine of WiredWest’s charter towns have now officially passed the legislation, with many more towns voting in the upcoming weeks. Town participation in the WiredWest municipal telecommunications cooperative requires passing two [...]

April 2011

New video of Western Mass voices on the need for a fiber-to-the-home network

April 10th, 2011|News - Archived|

Hear from local residents, businesspeople, educators, legislators and community leaders about the state of internet connectivity circa 2011 in Western Massachusetts, in this new video. It’s a tale not only of the challenges from lack of adequate access - but also of the possibilities that a state-of-the-art fiber-to-the-home network would bring to the region, in [...]