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SHEELA CLARY: Thoughts on my 52nd birthday

Of course I still have friends, and I will spend the evening celebrating with some special ones, but the gift of being 52, I am discovering, is to realize the pleasure to be had in doing nothing apart from standing still and looking at things.

Its funding threatened by the FCC, community television looks to reinvent itself

Looming over everything from funding to programming is a recent decision by the FCC to allow cable companies to, in effect, significantly reduce funding for public, educational and governmental channels.

South County cable advisory panel urges Healey to sue FCC over rules changes

The Five Town Cable Cable Advisory Committee voted to send a letter to state Attorney General Maura Healey urging her to take legal action to reverse a decision made last month by the FCC that local access channels say would devastate their funding.

Markey, local cable operators, fear loss of access channels if new FCC rule passes

Those who run the county’s three access channels say the new rules, which would severely impact their revenue streams, would likely put them out of business and deprive the public of valuable programming available nowhere else.

Fiber expanding in downtown Great Barrington; officials tout economic impact

By the end of the summer, service is expected to be extended to the Mason Library and the town water department, known as the Great Barrington Fire District, on East Street.

‘Fiber connectivity’: Work on high-speed broadband for downtown Great Barrington begins

The precise territory to be wired is not set in stone, but it will likely be confined to both sides of Main Street from Castle and Bridge streets to the Berkshire Bank and Lee Bank buildings. The wiring of Railroad Street will likely be coordinated with the new pavement and sidewalks it will be receiving in the spring.

Restoration of dormant school seen as critical to Housatonic village revival

The primary order of business for Conner and Nappo was to get the selectboard to write a letter of endorsement for Grayhouse's application for $75,000 on an emergency basis from the Massachusetts Historical Commission's Preservation Projects Fund.

FCC is at it again: Proposed changes to benefit big cable, harm local access channels

Those who run the county's three access channels say the new rules, which would severely impact their revenue streams, would likely put them out of business and deprive the public of valuable programming available nowhere else.

The signs were everywhere: Egremont finally ‘ditches’ Charter

"No corporation enters into a sophisticated agreement with the Commonwealth and doesn't do due diligence on make-ready ... They want more money? At what point could that happen again?" -- Attorney Bill Solomon

Markey, Warren, Neal to file legislation forcing Charter to carry Massachusetts stations

North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard noted the irony that WWLP, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, sent a camera crew to the news conference but coverage of it would not be available to Charter's Berkshire County subscribers.

‘The Buzz,’ a new show for schools to promote events, debuts next month

Community Television for the Southern Berkshires will produce the show initially, with the goal of having entirely student-run programs in the near future. The hope is to air at least one show per month.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Spectrum — the evil empire

A quick Google search confirmed what I had read a couple of years ago: The USA has some of the slowest and costliest internet services in the world.

CONNECTIONS: Spectrum, the cable provider customers love to hate

Since taking over Time Warner in 2014, Spectrum has consistently provided less for more. That double-edged practice requires attention from both legislators and the Five Town Advisory Committee.

Markey, Warren and Neal demand Charter restore Massachusetts channels

"Without these stations, Berkshire County residents lose access to Massachusetts-specific information that matters to them, including Boston sports and news from their state capital, which is not reported on by an Albany station in New York." U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, in a letter to Charter-Spectrum

Lt. Gov. Polito listens as Monterey officials accuse MBI of ‘big-business bias’ toward rural broadband initiatives

Monterey has been notified of the receipt of a grant from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute as part of the Last Mile broadband initiative to help communities and companies wire towns, but the town cannot access the funds because they were contingent on Charter-Spectrum being the provider.

47 Railroad Street project near completion, new eatery could be ‘White Hart’ North

Great Barrington -- One can practically picture the high fives in the upstairs office of Framework Properties and Alander Construction next month when the new...

What a relief: real broadband coming to downtown Great Barrington

Town manager Jennifer Tabakin said the impacted area will include Castle Street, Railroad Street and both sides of Main Street from Castle Street to Elm Street.
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