On Friday, Leverett Toasts the First of the ‘Last Mile’ Fiber Optic Networks in Western Massachusetts
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.
Massachusetts Broadband Institute Appoints Eric Nakajima as Next Director
December 23rd, 2014
From the Massachusetts Broadband Institute newsletter: December 23, 2014 – We are delighted to report that the MBI Board has voted to appoint Eric Nakajima as the next Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech. As the Commonwealth’s Assistant Secretary for Innovation Policy, Eric has been directly involved with shaping the MBI’s strategy for […]
Three Women in Communications Policy Highlight Citizen Participation, Activism and Engagement for Broadband
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Net Neutrality
September 22nd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 22, 2014 – Three of the most prominent women in communications policy on Thursday highlighted the vital role of citizen participation, activism and corporate engagement to ensure a collective high-speed broadband future. “The next six to eight months are perhaps going to be the most important months in the history of communications […]
Broadband Conference in Western Massachusetts Aims to Highlight Internet’s Role in Economic Development
September 5th, 2014
September 5, 2014 – Broadband Communities Magazine is hosting its third annual conference on the role that broadband plays in economic development from Tues., Sept. 16 through Thurs., Sept. 18 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The conference builds on successful prior event held in Danville, Virginia, in fall 2012; and in Tinley Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, […]
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 […]
Massachusetts Seeks $45 Million in Broadband Funding
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, States
March 30th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced that the state has submitted an application for $45.4 million in federal stimulus funding to expand broadband access in western Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Group Fails to Find Funds in BTOP’s First Round
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact
January 28th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 28, 2010 – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced this week that it’s a BTOP loser, at least temporarily.
Broadband People Column: FCC’s Clyburn, Baker Get New Assignments
Broadband's Impact, Premium Content
December 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 18, 2009 – The Federal Communications Commission has appointed Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker to serve on the federal-state boards for universal service and jurisdictional separations. Clyburn will serve as federal chair of both panels. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps will continue to serve on both boards.
The Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service was established by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to implement universal service provisions and to make recommendations on universal service matters. The Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations advises the FCC on the apportionment of regulated costs between interstate and intrastate jurisdictions.
Seven More States Awarded Broadband Data and Mapping Grants By NTIA; Total is 15
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
November 9th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 9, 2009 – On Friday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced seven new state recipients of the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. These grants fund state efforts to map broadband availability and speeds. Each state was asked to pick a designated entity – either a state body or a non-profit organization – that would develop a plan for how broadband mapping would be conducted.
Washington State and Massachusetts Release Lists of BTOP and BIP Picks
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Premium Content
October 14th, 2009
WASHINGTON, October 14, 2009 – The states of Washington and Massachusetts on Wednesday released their lists of the projects that should be prioritized in the broadband stimulus funding decision pending by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Rural Utilities Service.