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Massachusetts Set to Unveil New Massachusetts Broadband Institute Web Site, Mapping Efforts

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From BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2009 – One key area of the broadband stimulus package in which states are certain to have an impact is in the area of collecting and releasing information about local broadband deployment.

In this area, no state has advanced as far as fast as has Massachusetts, where Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed legislation last August granting $40 million in bond authority for the state to ensure broadband connectivity to all parts of the Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute was originally set up to administer a state-only program with a strong focus in western Massachusetts. It now faces the prospect of accessing about five times that amount, based upon the hypothesis that state funds might well be able to serve as the 20 percent matching grant for federal stimulus funds.

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Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. His telecommunications-focused law firm, Drew Clark PLLC, works with cities, rural communities and state economic development entities to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media, including LinkedIN and the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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