Massachusetts

 

Leverett chooses Millenium for fiber network ( Broadband Properties) July 23, 2013

The Leverett Broadband Committee has awarded the contract to build and maintain a fiber optic network to Millenium Communications Group.

Wi-fi for Lexington town buildings? Committee looks into wireless internet (Wicked Local) July 17, 2013

Selectman Joe Pato often uses his smartphone as a data access point to wireless Internet for his tablet during board meetings.

Winchester defeats plan for town and school technology fund (Community Broadband Networks) July 10, 2013

Winchester, Massachusetts, recently offered voters the chance to create a special fund earmarked for school and government technology infrastructure. The question came during the special election to fill an empty Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. The technology fund proposal, to be funded by taxpayers, did not pass but offers an interesting approach for communities seeking to ensure community anchor institutions have the connections they need.

Princeton moves to design phase (Community Broadband Networks) June 20, 2013

Princeton, Massachusetts, continues to move steadily forward with its municipal broadband initiative. We first reported on the community’s plans in the Spring of 2012. The community approved funding for design services in May and recently hired G4S Technology to design the FTTH network for municipal government, schools and residents.

High speed broadband brought to the Cape (WPRI Eye Witness News) June 20, 2013

The ‘digital divide’ that exists in Massachusetts is about to be defeated with the installation of the new OpenCape fiber-optic broadband network on Cape Cod.

Firm hired to design fiber optic broadband network (The Landmark) June 20, 2013

The town has hired G4STechnology LLC to design a fiber optic broadband network to connect municipal buildings, school and residences with high-speed Internet access.

Massachusetts launches new broadband network for cape and islands (CivSource) June 17, 2013

Cape Cod, and the outer islands of Massachusetts will be getting a new broadband network. OpenCape will provide a 300-mile open-access fiber-optic network connecting over 70 important community facilities, including community colleges, high schools, libraries, public safety facilities and other municipal buildings.

Governor, state reps gather at Mass Maritime Academy for OpenCape launch (Cape Code Today) June 16, 2013

CapeNet CEO Alan Davis addressed an audience of 200-plus, including the Governor and Senate President, during the “This Changes Everything” celebration of the completion of the region’s new open access fiber optic network.

CapeNet and Open Cape answer our readers’ questions (Cape Cod Today) May 31, 2013

Cape Cod Today’s readers have lots of questions about the OpenCape fiber optic broadband project and high speed broadband in general. Last week we asked readers to submit questions for the next virtual interview.

Princeton voters back plans for high speed internet (Worcester Telegram & Gazette) May 15, 2013

Voters at town meeting on Tuesday approved spending $10,000 to design a system that would bring high-speed fiberoptic Internet service to town.

Final broadband public hearing draws large crowd (Landmark) May 9, 2013

The last of three public hearings to discuss the proposal to bring high-speed Internet to town drew the largest crowd to date, with more than 35 residents attending.

High-speed internet faces town meeting vote (Landmark) May 9, 2013

A proposal for the town to invest in high-speed Internet service tops the agenda at the May 14 annual town meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Prince School.

New department proposed for high speed internet in Princeton (Worcester Telegram & Gazette) May 6, 2013

Residents seeking townwide high-speed Internet will be asked to establish a municipal light plant for telecommunications at the annual town meeting on May 14.

Payphone wi-fi piloted in Boston (Government Technology) May 2, 2013

The latest evidence of the widespread trend of repurposing aging municipal infrastructure will soon be available in Boston. According to a report on Boston.com, Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology has endorsed installing Wi-Fi at 16 payphone sites near City Hall, Faneuil Hall, Downtown Crossing and Long Wharf.

Mass Broadband Institute deploys first segment of state broadband network with Ciena (Herald Online) May 1, 2013

Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, today announced that the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is deploying Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, …with the potential to reach 100G speeds- across 120 communities in western and central Massachusetts, as part of a planned state-wide optical network. Funded by a combination of federal and state investment, the new network will provide direct connections to schools, hospitals, libraries and public safety facilities that currently lack reliable, affordable Internet services.

Massachusetts Broadband Institute deploys Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform (HPC Wire) May 1, 2013

“MassBroadband 123 is a critical component of the Patrick Murray Administration’s strategy to invest in education, innovation and infrastructure in order to create growth and economic opportunity in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

Realtors, business owners push for broadband (The Landmark) May 2, 2013

Realtors and home-business owners testified at the April 24 continuation of the Broadband Committee’s public hearing on installing high-speed Internet, armed about the difficulties they run into without capable Internet service.

Boston bombings highlight need for public safety broadband network (Government Technology) April 29, 2013

As law enforcement desperately hunted the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the city’s reliance on commercial cellular wireless carriers became an escalating problem. Just like runners who had trouble reconnecting with their families, the city experienced major crashes in the aftermath of the deadly bombing.

Windsor town meeting will cover budget, broadband (Berkshire Eagle Online) April 29, 2013

Voters at the annual town meeting will act on a $1.9 million spending proposal for fiscal 2014, along with a request to form a public utility that will allow extension of broadband cable service into Windsor.

Residents demand more answers about broadband (The Landmark) April 18, 2013

The Broadband Committee was bombarded with questions from residents on April 9 at the first of a series of three public hearings on a proposed project to deliver fiber-optic Internet access to all homes in town…

…”It’s like someone asking me if I wanted a new car,” said Nichols. “I’d say ‘yes, of course,’ but you didn’t mention the car would cost me $40,000.” He contended the answer to the survey might have been different if residents knew their tax bill will be increased each year for 20 years to pay for a multimillion service they may not use.

Broadband connections in Savoy may have a high price tag (The Transcript) April 12, 2013

The question on everybody’s lips at a MassBroadband 123 informational meeting at Savoy Fire Department this week, was obvious:
“When are we going to be hooked up to broadband?”

Massachusetts Broadband Institute turns up section of middle mile network (Fierce Telecom) April 5, 2013

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) lit the first segment of its 1,338-route mile MassBroadband 123 network, which will bring services to 51 out of 120 community institutions in the western part of the state.

State lights first section of statewide broadband connection (Boston Business Journal) April 4, 2013

In 2008, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) set its sights on providing the Commonwealth’s underserved businesses, schools and municipalities with affordable high-speed Internet or broadband. Inclusive of these efforts, the agency’s list of action items included strengthening the states innovation economy and expanding technology-related opportunities.

Rural schools benefit from new high-speed internet (ABC News) April 4, 2013

High-speed internet access is now available to more Western Massachusetts towns than ever before, and schools are sure to benefit.

Public hearings on broadband proposal (The Landmark) April 2, 2013

The Princeton Broadband Committee will hold a series of public hearings on the proposed project to deliver fiber-optic Internet access to all homes in town.

Cape college raises bar with new broadband deal (Cape Cod Times) March 29, 2013

Comcast has announced a deal to provide Cape Cod Community College with high-speed Internet service, one of the first significant signs that a regional broadband project is sparking competition on Cape Cod.

Franklin County gets up to speed with broadband internet service (The Recorder) March 29, 2013

Bringing a multi-million-dollar high-speed Internet system to the front door of every home and business in rural Franklin County has been more dream that practicality – until now. This spring, the state is completing construction of the “middle mile” of a broadband network backbone that will reach to key centers in each county town, enabling towns and private vendors in the next few years to go the “final mile” to your doorstep – bridging the digital divide that becomes ever more important to how we live and do business.

Public hearings on broadband proposal (The Landmark) March 28, 2013

Monday night, selectman Stan Moss announced that the Princeton Broadband Committee will hold a series of public hearings on the proposed project to deliver fiber-optic Internet access to all homes in town.

Patrick’s $40 million would bring broadband home (The Recorder) March 21, 2013

The Patrick administration, which plans next week to introduce its $71.5 million, 1,200-mile “middle mile” fiber-optic network across rural western Massachusetts, is looking at floating a second $40 million broadband bond to finish the “last mile” as well.

Rural Leverett network in western Massachusetts moves forward (Community Broadband Networks) March 14, 2013

Leverett, Massachusetts’ broadband initiative has moved to the next phase in bringing fiber to residents. The town selectboard recently decided on a bidder to build the community owned network. G4S designed the network and also works with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) as it brings a middle mile fiber network to towns across the western half of the state.

Deadline extended for high-speed internet survey (The Landmark) March 7, 2013

Princeton’s Broadband Committee has extended its deadline to March 15 for residents to complete an online questionnaire regarding the delivery of high-speed, fiber-optic Internet service to every home.

Public facilities soon to get broadband in unserved communities (Berkshire Eagle) March 2, 2013

By the end of July, officials say, the Massachusetts Broadband Initiative will have connected all unserved Berkshire County towns with high-speed Internet service.

Push is on for municipal wireless service (Sentinel & Enterprise)

You can access free wireless Internet at McDonald’s, Chaibo and numerous public libraries throughout the region. So why isn’t it available at many area town halls?

Key piece of high speed internet network near completion for western Massachusetts communities (Gazette Net) February 6, 2013

The 1,200-mile journey to bring high-speed Internet connections to every corner of western Massachusetts will begin drawing to a close in a month. By May, Hampshire and Franklin counties will see the fruits of the state’s $71.6 million MassBroadband 123 initiative.

Segments of fiber-optic network MassBroadband 123 will be operational in March (Massachusetts Broadband Institute) January 28, 2013

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MBI) today announced that the first segments of the new fiber-optic MassBroadband 123 network will be operational in March 2013.  TheMassBroadband 123 network will provide fiber-optic connectivity directly to 1,200 key facilities in over 120 western and central Massachusetts communities. These Community Anchor Institutions include schools, libraries, municipal buildings and public safety and health care facilities.

Washington, Massachusetts, Delaware get progressive about broadband (Fierce Telecom) January 25, 2013

If you’re looking to find states that encourage the use of broadband, look no further than Washington, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Downtown Amherst upgrades Wi-Fi system (Daily Collegian) January 28, 2013

Downtown Amherst just got a whole lot faster.

On Jan. 2, Amherst’s Information Technology Department announced the expansion of the town’s open Wi-Fi network, increasing the former number of access points from 14 to 35.

New Springfield to Sandisfield broadband network will be up by March (Massachusetts Live) January 23, 2013

A new broadband network running from Springfield to Sandisfield will be up and running by March, according to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.

Fiber Optic Network (Tow of Mt. Washington) January 19, 2013

The first segments of MassBroadband 123 Springfield to Great Barrington will be lit March 2013.

Amherst upgrades its free WiFi (Community Broadband Networks) January  17, 2013

In 2007, the City of Amherst, Massachusetts received a $150,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a wireless mesh network. DARPA and NSF have long been interested in developing mesh networks that are more resilient than traditional hub and spoke type networks.

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Network moves forward in Leverett, western Massachusetts (Community Broadband Networks) December 20, 2012

This past spring, we introduced you to the small town of Leverett, in rural western Massachusetts. Having been largely ignored by the cable companies and left behind by Verizon’s DSL service, the communityoverwhelmingly approved a town-owned network initiative in a May vote. They decided to finance the FTTH network with a 20-year bond measure.

MIT’s broadband summit addresses ‘digital divide’ (Boston Herald) November 14, 2012

A group of innovation and technology companies will meet in Cambridge tonight to discuss how Massachusetts is working to accelerate broadband adoption and close the “digital divide.”

Norwood Public Access expanding government coverage, starts new channel(Boston.com Norwood) September 25, 2012

Norwood Public Access Television announced that starting Oct. 1, the organization will launch a full-time government-access channel that broadcasts meetings and other government-related happenings.

Island towns lag in connecting to new communications network (The Martha’s Vineyard Times) September 12, 2012

OpenCape, a non-profit volunteer organization formed to improve communications technology, has nearly completed a fiber optic and microwave network capable of dramatically upgrading the Cape and Islands digital connection to the world.

Massachusetts voters say yes to muni broadband (CivSource) July 16, 2012

Municipal broadband is moving forward in rural and underserved areas of Massachusetts in a variety of projects supported by the state and local bond issues. Work is now underway in the town of Leverett, which recently passed a $3.6 million bond issue on record turn out – 39% of residents voted on the ballot issue with only a small minority voting against. The project will be part of the MassBroadband 123 Network, a $71.6 million statewide broadband expansion.

New England town to tax itself to fund broadband (New America.net) June 5, 2012

We brought you news of Leverett, Massachusetts and their decision this spring to pursue a municipal fiber optic network. In April, voters approved a measure to develop the initiative, and this past weekend took the last step toward building the network. The town of 1,851, voted to raise their taxes to pay for a fiber-to-the-home network. The result was a resounding 462 for and 90 against.

Leverett approves financing of municipal broadband network (Gazette Net) June 4, 2012

Construction of a municipal fiber-optic cable network is expected to begin later this year after residents Saturday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $3.6 million bond measure to finance the project.

Municipal broadband could come to Leverett (WGGB ABC 40) April 11, 2012

It’s all about a need for speed for one small town in western Massachusetts.  Leverett residents have to choose from dial-up or satellite to connect to the internet but the town hopes to soon have a municipal broadband network up and running.

Lexington, MA: Another muni candidate (Intelligent Utility) February 20, 2012

…But another long-running municipalization effort has been percolating for a decade in Massachusetts, driven by locals who compared rates and reliability for the state’s 41 municipal utilities and the region’s large investor-owned utilities and found the latter wanting.

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