Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, is continuing support for a broadband initiative started under former Democratic governor Deval Patrick. The state is releasing $50 million of previously approved capital funding to expand internet connectivity in western Massachusetts.
Mass. State Sen. Ben Downing, right, speaking at the Massachusetts Broadband Institute conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pittsfield Monday. Seated from left to right, MBI Deputy Dir. Ben Dobbs, Axia VP of sales & services Phil Roberts and Berkshire Health Systems CIO Bill Young.
Representatives from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute were in Pittsfield Monday morning to update area leaders on the expansion of fiber-optic internet to the westernmost reaches of the Commonwealth.
In a crowded gymnasium at the Farmington River School in Otis, Massachusetts, a class of fifth graders seated in front of a large projection screen was able to video chat with students across the world at the Vive Digital broadband center in Bogota, Colombia…
Students also communicated with staff at NASA’s Godard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.