WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network

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WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network

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dc.contributor.author Talbot, David A.
dc.contributor.author Warner, Waide
dc.contributor.author Crawford, Susan Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-26T16:01:25Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier Quick submit: 2016-07-27T14:24:58-0400
dc.identifier.citation Talbot, David, Waide Warner, Susan Crawford. 2016. WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network. Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:28552571
dc.description.abstract This report describes WiredWest, a cooperative formed by towns in rural western Massachusetts. WiredWest has put forward a detailed proposal to provide “last-mile” high-speed Internet access connections to homes and businesses in a region policymakers have long lamented suffers from poor Internet access. On behalf of its member towns, WiredWest plans to operate and provide services over a state-of-the-art fiber optic network in these chronically underserved communities. WiredWest has taken a regional approach to spread risk and achieve economies of scale. Thirty-one towns passed Select Board resolutions declaring their intent to participate in a cooperative network with WiredWest. Under the plan, they will pay about two-thirds of the network’s costs; so far 24 of them have authorized borrowing a total of $38 million. To cover remaining costs, they will need to receive a portion of $50 million already authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to subsidize high-speed Internet access in the region. The state agency responsible for disbursing the funds, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), recently tabled any decision on the project. The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker subsequently asked MBI to “develop policies to ensure that it is reviewing and analyzing all options” for making lastmile grants. WiredWest’s future hangs in the balance. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society en_US
dc.relation.isversionof https://cyber.harvard.edu/publications/2016/wiredwest_case_study en_US
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dc.title WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network en_US
dc.type Research Paper or Report en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-07-27T18:25:02Z
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.date.available 2016
dc.date.available 2016-09-26T16:01:25Z

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