Free Hotspot Extended

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute sent the press release below announcing an extension of the free Hot Spot they installed in towns across western Mass to the end of the year.

With school now going into session, the school parking lot, driveway, picnic tables or grounds will no longer be available for parking to use the Hotspot during school hours. You may park in the lot between the school and the church during the day.

Please be respectful of the fact that school is in session and they are working very hard to provide a safe environment for the students and teachers.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Baker-Polito Administration Extends Wireless Hotspot Program in Unserved Massachusetts Towns

Extends 26 Wireless Sites to End of 2020 in Response to COVID-19

WESTBOROUGH – The Baker-Polito Administration has officially extended the free wireless hotspot program that has delivered public high-speed internet connections to residents and students in unserved Massachusetts towns, in response to the COVID-19 public health pandemic. The program, originally slated to end September 1st, will be extended through the end of 2020.

The program, announced in April by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) and KCST USA, the operator of the Commonwealth-owned MassBroadband 123 fiber optic network, has launched public hotspots in 26 communities that lack high-speed internet connectivity, providing a 250 Megabit per second wireless hotspot, free of any monthly charge to towns or residents. The sites were connected with the active support of several regional internet service providers (ISPs), including AccessPlus, Crocker Communications, and Westfield Gas+Electric (WG+E).

A current list of hotspot sites is available on MBI’s website and is included below. Each site will provide residents with instructions on how to access the hotspots. Residents who use these hotspots are urged to follow social distancing protocols in accordance with the guidance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

TOWNLOCATIONADDRESSPROVIDER
AshfieldBelding Memorial Library344 Main StreetWG+E
BecketTown Hall557 Main StreetWG+E
BlandfordTown Hall1 Russell Stage RoadWG+E
CharlemontHawlemont Regional School10 School StreetWG+E
ChesterfieldTown Offices422 Main RoadWG+E
ColrainLibrary12 Main RoadWG+E
CummingtonTown Hall33 Main StreetCrocker Communications
FloridaSenior Center367 Mohawk TrailAccess Plus
GoshenTown Office40 Main StreetWG+E
HancockElementary School3080 Hancock RoadCrocker Communications
HawleyTown Offices8 Pudding Hollow RoadAccess Plus
HeathFormer Heath Elementary School18 Jacobs RoadWG+E
LeydenSchool/Town Office7 Brattleboro RoadWG+E
MonroeTown Offices3C School StreetAccess Plus
New BraintreeLeroy Pollard Memorial Library45 Memorial DriveCrocker Communications
New MarlboroughLibrary1 Mill River-Gt. Barrington RoadCrocker Communications
New SalemSwift River School201 Wendell RoadWG+E
PetershamTown Offices3 South Main StreetCrocker Communications
SandisfieldTown Hall66 Sandisfield RoadCrocker Communications
SavoyTown Hall720 Main RoadAccess Plus
TollandTown Hall241 W Granville RdCrocker Communications
WarwickWarwick Community School41 Winchester RoadAccess Plus
WashingtonTown Hall8 Summit Hill RoadWG+E
WendellTown Offices9 Morse Village RoadWG+E
WindsorTown Hall1890 Route 9 (Berkshire Trail)WG+E
WorthingtonR.H. Conwell Elementary147 Huntington RoadCrocker Communications

The MBI and KCST worked with ISPs to offer the new wireless hotspots. The ISPs worked with each community to establish the hotspot at a public community anchor institution, such as town halls, libraries, and schools. These facilities are connected to MassBroadband 123, the 1,200 mile fiber-optic network launched in 2014 with federal and state support.

Progress continues on efforts to extend high-speed connectivity in unserved communities, projects which have been supported by over $55 million in direct grants from the Commonwealth’s Last Mile program. Of the 53 communities in the program, 21 now have completed projects, delivering broadband access to an estimated 18,000 citizens. Projects are nearing completion in another 11 communities, with service rolling out to residents and businesses by the end of 2020.

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About the Massachusetts Broadband Institute

A division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is working to extend high-speed Internet access to homes, businesses, schools, libraries, medical facilities, government offices, and other public places across the Commonwealth. Learn more at https://broadband.masstech.org.

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