State Grant Supports Internet Expansion In 3 Berkshire Towns

Aug 9, 2016

Massachusetts has announced an upgrade and expansion of television and broadband internet service in the Berkshire County towns of Lanesborough, West Stockbridge and Hinsdale.

A $1.6 million state grant is supporting the Charter Communications project. The company says 3,400 homes and businesses will be able to access high-speed broadband internet for the first time. Charter’s standard broadband speed is 60 Mbps. In May the Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced a new strategy for providing internet to underserved areas. Peter Larkin was brought on to oversee the effort.

“We do see that there are some opportunities for towns to jointly work together,” Larkin said in June. “That being said we’re offering models to consider and we laid them out there for their understanding.”

On Tuesday, Charter launched its Spectrum Internet service to existing customers in the three towns. The $3.9 million project is expected to be completed in 18 months.