Digital Divide: Broadband in the Berkshires


Why has it taken so long for broadband internet service to reach homes in many rural towns in the Berkshires?
Interviews by The Eagle Eye Team paint a complex picture of missed signals and wrong turns within government, high construction costs and a fact that bedevils all projects: lots of road miles with too few houses on them.

WiredWest: Build your networks and let us take care of the rest

Rather than build and run a sprawling regional broadband system, a nonprofit cooperative now seeks to fill a narrower but critical role for towns fighting to obtain fast internet connections.

Five private companies pitch to provide last-mile broadband in the Berkshires

Five private companies are making the case to win millions in state funding to build last-mile internet connections in Berkshire County.

Our Opinion: Closing last mile in Berkshire towns

Berkshire residents have waited long enough

Eagle Eye Team Report: Broadband expansion languishes in Berkshires

Why has it taken so long for broadband internet service to reach homes in many rural towns in the Berkshires?

STATUS CHECK: Here’s where Berkshire County’s 19 ‘unserved’ internet towns stand

An overview of where each of the 19 towns designated as unserved by broadband in Berkshire County stand in their efforts to bring broadband to residents.

Inside the broadband meltdown: WiredWest retools after losing faceoff with MBI

A broadband vision for the Berkshires crashed and burned one afternoon in December 2015.

Podcast | S01 Episode 14: Inside the broadband meltdown

In this week's podcast, the Eagle Eye Team explores why it has taken so long for broadband internet service to reach homes in many rural towns in the Berkshires.

'Bridge to nowhere'? So far, a middle mile with revenue problem

More than three years into running the network, Western and North Central Massachusetts' middle mile network operator is still struggling to break even.

The Last Mile: State connecting with towns over broadband options

Town leaders from across Berkshire County will speak out Thursday on the lingering broadband divide, albeit briefly. Starting at 2 p.m. in Worthington Town Hall, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will take testimony from members of select boards and

Towns to Massachusetts Broadband Institute: Back regional broadband

WORTHINGTON — Broadband advocates from Berkshire County and beyond pressed Thursday for the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to free up funding, speed decision-making and support regional solutions to a problem they say impairs civic life.

Interest high in 'Whip City' as broadband partner

The auditorium was frigid, and mood dark, as a forum began in Worthington. But things warmed up fast for representatives of Whip City Fiber, sitting in back with their brochures and chewing gum giveaways.

Massachusetts Broadband Instititue expands options on last-mile broadband

WESTBOROUGH — By loosening its pursestrings, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will provide enhanced choices to dozens of towns clamoring for broadband internet service. The change clears paths for both public and privately owned networks and c


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