The Boston Globe recently highlighted the work being done by our Massachusetts Broadband Institute and others to expand high-speed Internet access to 45 towns in Western and Central Mass. that are 'unserved' by broadband connections. The piece ran on Sunday, June 14, 2015, as the front page story in the Globe's Business Section. It highlights the work of the Town of Leverett, which built it's own municipal network off of the MassBroadband 123 'Middle Mile' network, a project the MBI completed in early 2014 which created a 1,200 mile fiber optic backbone designed to increase connectivity in the region. Reporter Jack Newsham interviewed town leaders in Leverett and highlighted several small businesses which are benefitting from the increased connectivity, which bolstered the economic need for high-speed Internet. The article also cited the work of groups such as WiredWest, which are working with the MBI to expand broadband access to homes and businesses in the region, as well as entrepreneurs such as Adam Chait of Monterrey, who are currently connecting businesses to MassBroadband 123.
You can read the full piece on the Globe's technology site, BetaBoston.