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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

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.

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.

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

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.

Little engine that could: Mount Washington flips switch on fiber

"This is going to be a radical change for all us. Everybody’s talking about it." -- Mount Washington resident Eleanor Tillinghast "People may have ruled Mount Washington out before. But we just catapulted ahead of other towns in terms of amenities." -- Brian Tobin, chair of the Selectboard

State approves grants to four Berkshire towns for badly needed broadband

As part of its Last Mile initiative, MBI will provide Charter with a grant of more than $4.4 million to defray the costs of wiring the rural towns of Egremont, Tyringham, Hancock and Peru. State Rep. Pignatelli also noted that Egremont and perhaps Monterey will have a 1 Gbps connection through Fiber Connect, 12 times faster than what Charter offers in Great Barrington.

News Brief: MassTech audit finds adequate controls, regulations, plans

Auditor Suzanne M. Bump Monday released an audit of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative that assessed the controls and planning at its Massachusetts Broadband Institute.

Egremonters mull broadband options; only one gets MBI funding

Charlie Flynn, who chairs both the town Technology Committee and the Board of Selectmen, said the committee is meeting on Thursday (April 6) at 5 p.m. in Town Hall and the selectmen are slated to decide on a plan on Monday, April 10, at their regular meeting.

Egremont mulls broadband proposals; residents decry lack of connectivity

After decades of living in the slow lane of dial-up, DSL and rickety satellite connections, Egremont now has more than one company vying for the right to slake the town's thirst for the modern age.

Sandisfield resident calls for town revote on broadband strategy

While the broadband ball is now rolling, resident Jean Atwater-Williams said she wants to make sure everyone knows where that ball is headed and, in an article in the Sandisfield Times, called for a revote on the new route the town is pursuing.

Amid regional broadband crisis, a tiny town is about to speed up

Mt. Washington is going from almost no Internet and sporadic cell service to faster speeds than even Great Barrington, the nearest large hub town, which is served by cable but not at speeds high enough to support a thriving, 21st-century economy.

News Brief: WiredWest to present broadband solution workshop

During the workshop, WiredWest will present, for the first time, a regional solution for operation of a broadband fiber-to-the-home network in any unserved towns in western Massachusetts that choose to join.

Four desperate towns make broadband pact, pitch MBI for funds

The towns of Sandisfield, New Marlborough, Monterey and Tolland decided to share the pain by hiring an attorney who helped them navigate a legal pathway that would allow the towns to bid out the construction of a fiber optic network and sign a 15-year contract with a service provider to operate it.

Gov. Baker economic secretary ‘surprised’ by criticism of broadband strategy for rural Western Massachusetts

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is quietly flirting with massive private companies like Comcast to deliver what will likely be inferior and expensive service to rural towns. “It’s a slow-rolling tragedy that will blight Western Massachusetts for generations.” -- Susan Crawford, Harvard law professor and director of the Berkshire Center for Internet and Society

News Briefs: Last Mile grants for Alford, Otis; Egremont Community Choice Power Supply program; GB Democratic Town Committee meeting

The MBI will allocate $288,775 in grant funding to Alford and $1,145,975 to Otis. The two municipalities will pursue their Last Mile projects independently, and each town’s fiber network will pass every residence and business located on a public right of way.

News Briefs: South Berkshire early voting options; MBI to begin pole surveys in Egremont

Many towns in southern Berkshire County will offer early voting options in advance of the election on Tuesday, Nov. 8. All registered voters are eligible to vote early.
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