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Broadband meeting Tuesday in Hawley



Recorder Staff
Sunday, February 04, 2018

HAWLEY — Peter Larkin, board chairman of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, meets with the Selectboard and Communications Committee Tuesday, to discuss four offers to build a broadband network in this 30-square-mile town of only 330 people. The meeting will be held in the Town Office at 6 p.m.

To close Last Mile broadband gaps in Hawley, Monroe and other small, rural Berkshire towns, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has solicited proposals through a Flexible Grant Program, designed to provide grant funding to companies that are willing to design, build, own, operate and maintain a communications network in one or more participating towns that will provide residents with broadband internet access that meets or exceeds current Federal Communications broadband benchmark speeds.

Three communication companies have submitted plans to build out Hawley, and MBI wants feedback from the towns in which the buildout is proposed. They include: Crocker Communications, Westfield Gas & Electric, and WiValley.

According to Kirby “Lark” Thwing, Larkin plans to visit each of the unserved towns — those with no broadband access — to review each town’s proposals and find out which plans best meet each town’s needs.

Details of the proposals for Hawley and other unserved towns can be viewed online at: bit.ly/2EIAtFL