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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. 

http://broadband.masstech.org/building-networks/last-mile/program-unserved-towns / Massachusetts Broadband Institute

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.