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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

CONNECTIONS: Perils of population growth

The things that attract young telecommuting families are changed by their coming, and in an effort to accommodate them, we create the things they travelled here to escape.

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.

News Briefs: GB construction update; Last Mile grant to bring wireless internet to Florida, Savoy

The multi-stage project aims to be completed this year and will deliver internet connectivity to at least 96 percent of the premises across the four towns, with at least 75 percent of the premises receiving broadband service at speeds that will meet or exceed the federal broadband standard.

‘Down and Out in the Berkshires’? Not necessarily.

In a letter to the editor, Elliott Morss writes: "Would spending serious money marketing the Berkshires help to spur tourism? Maybe. But maybe we should just carry on and try to avoid 'messing things up.'"

Of plastic bottles and ‘marijuana wars’: a Great Barrington year in review

2018 has provided enough Great Barrington news to keep journalists busy and observers of town politics highly amused, signaling that the community dubbed "best small town in America" by Smithsonian Magazine continues to be a place in transition.

News Brief: Comcast selected for Worthington’s broadband project

MBI will utilize Worthington’s original Last Mile allocation of $1,070,000, with the remaining funds coming from additional investments from both the Commonwealth and the town, utilizing an agreement that will allow the town to contribute year over year without having to use municipal bonds.

‘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.

Good until further notice

We seemed to have re-entered the age of "caveat emptor": Let the buyer beware. This time, we have to pay for the privilege.

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.

U.S. Rep. Neal’s Democratic opponent styles herself a ‘problem solver’

Amatul-Wadud is running for Congress to address what she believes are some hard truths about the living conditions in the district that Rep. Neal and others won’t talk about.

‘Below the radar and above the shops’: Great Barrington’s upstairs economy

"We all love living here and want to be able to work downtown, go downstairs and get coffee and go across the street and get food. I like to go next door to buy my clothing." -- Asa Hardcastle, whose Tonic 5 software development company is on the floor above Tom’s Toys on Main Street

Seven Democrats seek chance to unseat Republican John Faso in crucial NY-19 district

The Democratic candidates debate lasted nearly three hours and covered issues from Trump's new tariffs, how to protect the EPA and deal with a shortage of farm workers as well as questions on immigration reform, gun control and health care.

Springfield attorney challenges U.S. Rep. Neal from the left, points to ‘open secrets’ about his donors

There is a reason Amatul-Wadud cares so much about people. It's because, as a lawyer specializing in probate, families, custody and visitation rights, "I get to see people in their most intimate spaces."

News Briefs: Pignatelli recognizes Covestro; Worthington considers broadband options

The Worthington Broadband Committee and municipal light board will present residents with at least two possible options for bringing broadband internet to the town.

Affordable high-speed, broadband options for Great Barrington include its own utility

With download speeds typically maxing out at 60 megabits per second, the Internet service offered by Spectrum is barely satisfactory for consumers and some business owners but not up to the task for those who make heavy use of the Internet to transfer large files, an increasing necessity as businesses rely more and more on digital communication.

Fearing competitive disadvantage, Great Barrington explores high-speed Internet connectivity

"I think Great Barrington needs to have a more robust business community than it currently does. Great Barrington needs to become that small town that, besides great food and culture, is also a very interesting place to set up your business and that's the missing piece." -- Tim Newman, WiredWest spokesperson who would move his business to Great Barrington if affordable high-speed communications were available
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