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On Friday, Leverett Toasts the First of the ‘Last Mile’ Fiber Optic Networks in Western Massachusetts

Broadband's Impact October 2nd, 2015

LEVERETT, Massachusetts, October 1, 2015 – The first segment of the “last mile” fiber optic network in Western Massachusetts will launch on Friday afternoon with a community event here featuring the president of the state senate, leading state broadband advocates, and an official from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Dubbed LeverettNet, the municipal network is the first last mile project built off of the MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic middle mile network.

MassBroadband 123 was funded by the Commerce Department’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program of the 2009 federal stimulus legislation. The middle-mile network brought fiber-optic connectivity to Leverett in early 2014.

Dozens of other towns in region are planning to build additional fiber to the home last mile networks in their communities.


Pell Center Report Emphasizes Continuing Role in Broadband for State Entities

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, Education, FCC, Health, Minority, NTIA, Public Safety September 16th, 2015

WASHINGTON, September 16, 2015 – State broadband entities and commissions continue to plan an important role in fostering economic development and digital learning, according to a recent report from the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

The report, “State-Level Broadband Policy: A Compendium of Resources and Approaches,” catalogs some of the important capabilities and tools of the federal technology program dubbed the State Broadband Initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

But the report, by Pell Center Adjunct Fellow Angela Siefer, also advances the discussion about state-level broadband resources by highlighting more recently discussed tools, including eRate funding, telecommunications modernization legislation, and ways to promote local infrastructure partnerships.

Angela Siefer


Washington Telecom Insiders Focusing on New ‘Broadband Moment’ Through Significant Policy Tweaks

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA June 8th, 2015

June 8, 2015 – Some are calling it a second “broadband moment.” More than six years after  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was responsible for more than $7 billion in federal funds being spent on broadband infrastructure, internet adoption and telecommunications mapping, there’s a new level of interest in re-vising the National Broadband Plan, […]

FirstNet and Members of Congress Respond to Report that Agency Must Strengthen Financial Disclosures

Public Safety December 9th, 2014

December 9, 2014 – FirstNet, the national public safety wireless network for first responders, responded on Monday to a report from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Inspector General, criticizing the agency’s procedures for monitoring and disclosing conflicts of interest.   The report, dated Friday, found that board members of the First Responder Network Authority did not […]

NTIA’s Larry Strickling Recounts Broadband Stimulus Gains, Seeks to Continue Efforts Without Federal Funds

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, NTIA May 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 – The president’s chief adviser on telecommunications, the head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, on Thursday heralded the first of a series of workshops designed to find ways to “build on the momentum of our successful broadband grant program” without access to federal funds. In a blog […]

How to Tackle Broadband Adoption by the Nation’s Underserved Populations

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, Broadband Stimulus, FCC, Fiber, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, States, Universal Service July 26th, 2012

WASHINGTON, Thursday, July 26, 2012 – Last week, the fourth year of the Broadband Breakfast Club Series came to an end with a timely panel on “Bringing Broadband Adoption to the Nation’s Underserved Population.”  Panelists from the private, nonprofit and state government sectors came together to discuss what can be done to promote broadband usage in […]

What Challenges Are We Still Facing in Seniors Getting Online: What Have We Learned and What Are the Remaining Obstacles?

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Health, Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Universal Service, Wireless May 17th, 2012

WASHINGTON Thursday May 17 2012 – Nearly two years after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) broadband deployment and adoption projects were funded and the National Broadband Plan was adopted, we are still dealing with 100 million Americans who do not receive broadband in the home.  While 65% of the population uses broadband, only […]

Leveraging Funding from Government Programs, Incentives to Share Information and Faster Broadband Speeds are Key to Maximizing Health IT Broadband

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband TV, Broadband's Impact, Education, FCC, Health, Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, Spectrum, States, Tribal Broadband, Universal Service, Wireless March 23rd, 2012

WASHINGTON, Friday March 23, 2012 – On Tuesday March 20th  federal regulatory administrators, state health and broadband officials and private health IT and technology experts met in Washington to discuss “Maximizing US Health IT and Broadband Investment” at’s monthly breakfast and panel discussion.  In the session, the speakers agreed that there is both humanitarian and […]

Broadband Breakfast Serves a Thanksgiving Leftover Wrap-Up

Broadband Stimulus, Congress, FCC, Fiber, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality, NTIA, Smart Grid, Spectrum, States, Universal Service, Wireless November 25th, 2011

WASHINGTON, November 25 2011 – As we all sit and digest post Thanksgiving, Broadband Breakfast can finally wrap up some stories that we have been interested in over the past couple of weeks but have not had time to get around to.  We wanted to draw attention to a couple of the stories below and […]

NTIA, FCC Release National Broadband Map and Digital Nation Report

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Mobile Broadband, North America, NTIA, Wireless February 17th, 2011

WASHINGTON February 17, 2011- The National Telecommunications and Information Administration in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission unveiled the National Broadband Map along with an update to the Digital Nation report this morning. The map is available at

The map is the result of over 2 years of work and $350 million government funding. All 50 states, the District of Columbia and 5 territories provided the NTIA with data. The map brings together 25 million pieces of data to provide consumers, policy makers and business with an accurate picture of broadband deployment and availability. Over 1600 unique internet service providers were identified.

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