The original legislation authorizing funding for the expansion of broadband internet service to rural communities in western Massachusetts was signed eight years ago. And some involved with the movement never thought it would take as long as it has.
Neither side would comment on how the discussions are going, saying they agreed not to negotiate in the media. That’s a change from last month, when both groups argued their position through press releases and public statements.
MBI has called into question Wired West’s funding model and plans for shared ownership.
The two parties disagree over network ownership and how construction debt will be paid off.
The long-awaited fiber-optic network that is supposed to finally bring high speed internet to more than 120 central and western Massachusetts communities is nearing completion.
More than 100,000 feet of fiber-optic cable was delivered to West Springfield, Massachusetts today. It will be installed as the so-called "backbone" of a project that aims to expand high-speed Internet access in western and north central Massachusetts.
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