National Study Ranks Massachusetts as a Leading Broadband State

Friday, December 7, 2012

National Study Ranks Massachusetts as a Leading Broadband State

TechNet Study Shows Increase in Broadband Adoption in Massachusetts, Applauds Massachusetts Broadband Institute's Collaborative Leadership

MASSACHUSETTS – This week, a major technology-sector CEO’s group ranked Massachusetts second in their national Broadband Index study.  The study, released by TechNet, uses benchmarks such as public-sector leadership, investment, and public/private collaboration, to chart how each state develops high-speed Internet connectivity to grow strong economies and vibrant communities.

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is a public agency formed in 2008, working to expand broadband access and adoption among residents and businesses through the MassBroadband 123 network project and broadband adoption initiatives.  Data referenced in the TechNet report demonstrated that between 2007 and 2010, broadband adoption increased in Massachusetts from 61% to 76%. 

“The MBI, and its partners across the Commonwealth, are working hard each and every day to bring broadband access to residents and businesses across the state,” said Pamela Goldberg, CEO of MassTech. “The TechNet report is a good gauge of the success we are having and demonstrates the collaborative strategic commitment made by the Patrick/Murray Administration to broadband expansion.”

In its review of Massachusetts, the report reads: State and regional leadership appear to have helped the Commonwealth get a head start, with regional coalitions banding together to promote demand aggregation amongst anchor tenants, businesses and residents in rural western Massachusetts. These efforts were led through The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Created by Governor Deval Patrick and the state Legislature as a division of MassTech, the MBI, has used state and federal funds to attract private sector investment in building fiber networks. The MBI‘s public/private collaborative leadership model is helping bring the economic, educational, and public safety potential broadband provides to all corners of the Commonwealth.

“Broadband adoption in Massachusetts is truly a collaborative effort among the MBI, local, state and federal government and private partners,” said Judith Dumont, Director of the MBI. “We have developed a success strategy for delivering broadband to the hardest to serve residents and businesses in underserved towns, by directly investing in new infrastructure and leveraging private sector investment. I believe the TechNet study illustrates how this strategy is working.”

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is an innovative public agency working to support a vibrant economy. MassTech convenes and works with industry, academia, and government to improve the innovation landscape through cluster development, research collaborations, and key initiatives. For more information, please visit www.masstech.org.  

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech is working to extend affordable high-speed Internet access to all homes, businesses, schools, libraries, medical facilities, government offices and other public places across the Commonwealth.  To learn more, visit www.massbroadband.org.

TechNet is a national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. To learn more about TechNet, visit: www.technet.org.

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