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Efforts to bring broadband internet to underserved areas of rural, western Massachusetts have been ongoing for more than a decade. Now the regional cooperative WiredWest has a new proposal. It comes after Governor Charlie Baker’s administration shook up and reviewed the efforts of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. 

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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.

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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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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

Sep 12, 2013
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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.