Western Massachusetts sprints into the digital age with a massive high-speed network.
Western Massachusetts is beloved by tourists wanting a break from their fast-paced lifestyles; however, being cut off from the rest of the digital world was limiting the region’s economic opportunities and residents’ quality of life. Businesses, schools, city government, and hospitals were not keeping pace with their peers in other parts of the state. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) led an initiative to deliver a broadband Internet backbone, helping increase access for Western Massachusetts.
MBI is a public agency that led a multifaceted, four-year effort to deliver a broadband Internet backbone, connecting local government offices, schools, libraries, and police departments across Western Massachusetts via a 1200-mile fiber-optic network.
|Company||Massachusetts Broadband Institute|
|Industry||Government and Non-Profit|
The MassBroadband 123 network continues to prove its value as more community anchor institutions sign up for network services. Increased bandwidth to libraries has helped residents search for jobs and achieve digital literacy, while connecting small-town police forces to national databases has improved public safety.