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David Kulp of Ashfield, MA writes: Some of you may be lucky enough to be reading this email using high-speed internet via DSL or cable.  Others like myself reluctantly pay high rates for satellite internet and must deal with a truly awful service that is slow, unreliable, and severely limited.  Others refuse to pay high prices for inferior service and still use dial-up, or take their laptop to the library or coffee… Read More

SENATE PASSES BROADBAND STIMULUS BILL Steps Taken to Ensure Massachusetts is Eligible for Maximum Amount of Federal Funding to Support Broadband Deployment Initiatives Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announces today the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives passed legislation enabling the Commonwealth to take full advantage of federal stimulus funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for broadband deployment initiatives. Downing, a major proponent of legislation in 2008 establishing… Read More

Andrew Baker, Executive Director of the Hilltown CDC in Chesterfield, MA writes: Great news! Governor Patrick is coming to Goshen on Monday, August 4, 2008 to sign the $40 million Broadband Bond Bill recently approved by the Legislature (see your invitation to the ceremony below). The bill provides funds to assist telecommunications providers in bringing broadband service to all residents in all of Massachusetts’ unserved and under-served communities. This is the long-awaited… Read More

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