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With broadband internet increasingly becoming vital to economic and social wellbeing, areas of western Massachusetts remain without robust access. In the meantime, the state agency tasked with making the connections has undergone leadership changes and the regional cooperative committed to the cause has released a new plan.

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Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has decided to review all options for bringing high-speed internet access to underserved communities in western Massachusetts.

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Update: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the legislation into law Jan. 22, 2016.

Legislation awaiting Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s signature would allow the town of Mount Washington to build, own and operate its own broadband internet network and it comes amidst a regional effort to connect.

This is a picture of a map of Massachusetts highlighting where broadband internet access is available as of June 2014
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The state agency tasked with bringing broadband internet access to underserved towns in western Massachusetts is at odds with the regional organization planning the network.

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It’s approaching decision time for many western Massachusetts towns as they consider bringing high-speed internet into their areas.

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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.

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The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has reached an agreement with western Massachusetts partners to form a strategy for the final expansion of the commonwealth’s internet venture.

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Representatives from western Massachusetts have created a plan to expand the availability of broadband internet in the region. The so-called Last Mile of the state’s nearly $100 million broadband initiative is expected to be completed in the next three years.

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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.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently announced additional funding to ensure efforts to bring broadband internet service to western Massachusetts continue.

Complete Broadband Access a Ways Off in Berkshires

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Internet service is an ongoing issue in much of western Massachusetts and it might be some time before reliable service is available.

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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.