Broadband Push by Wired West Hitting Outskirts

I get calls every week about this. It’s long overdue. Sadly, the private sector, the Comcasts, the Verizons, won’t help us. But that’s fine. We’ll get this done.

– State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli

Princeton is a member community of Wired West, a partnership of 44 Massachusetts town designed to bring high-speed broadband to their respective communities.   Here’s a recent update from the Berkshire Eagle on Wired West efforts to receive state funding:

A group representing residents is fanning out across rural Western Massachusetts to begin the final leg in efforts to bring high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved communities. Wired West, a partnership composed of 44 member communities, met recently to hammer out a more coordinated strategy, according to Monica Webb, of Monterey, chairwoman of the group. These communities hail from Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Worcester counties.

At a meeting at the Statehouse, hosted by state Sen. Stan C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, legislators met with representatives from the Franklin County Council of Governments (FRCOG), the Massachusetts Broadband Initiative (MBI) and WiredWest to discuss the next phase of the project. The discussion, according to Webb, yielded a comprehensive plan, cost estimates and timetable for connecting residential customers in each town. The plan will begin with regional meetings to share information and data with residents and local officials, while feedback is gathered and options are evaluated. Webb explained that the three entities have agreed to convene in working groups on a weekly schedule to accelerate planning and deployment.”This will put us on track to meet with town selectboards this fall to provide updates and relay more details on town financial participation,” she said.

Read the full Berkshire Eagle article  »

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