High Speed Internet, via Fiber Optic cable, has moved a little closer to 120+communities and Libraries in Western MA, The Berkshires and North Central Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) recently announced their agreement of a Network Operator, Axia NGNetworks USA.   Axia will manage and maintain the 1300+ mile Internet backbone network that the MBI is developing. Next up: RFP for a contractor to design and build the network via the existing utility poles (35,000+poles). 

MBI also announced advancement of expansion plans in Springfield MA where they will provide direct fiber connections to over 150 local educational, medical, and public safety institutions. According to the plans, MBI states that “The MassBroadband 123 network includes 55 miles of recently installed fiber-optic cable along I-91 from the Vermont to Connecticut borders, a critical north-south axis for the network. Today’s agreement permits the MBI to connect the I-91 portion of the MassBroadband 123 network to the Internet Point of Presence located at One Federal Street in Springfield, which serves as a major access point to the Internet.”