According to press reports out of Massachusetts, work will begin soon on the MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network project, said to be one of the largest U.S. fiber-optic expansions under construction today. 

The project will expand broadband access to more than 120 communities in western and north central Massachusetts.

"For too long, families and businesses in western Massachusetts have lived without reliable and affordable high-speed Internet access," commented Gov. Deval Patrick at the launch ceremony. "Today, as we commence the installation of more than 1,000 miles of fiber-optic cable across the region, we start the critical final step in delivering broadband access to everyone.  The digital divide in  Massachusetts is about to close."

Added Sandisfield Fire Chief Ralph Morrison, "The MassBroadband 123 network will allow police, fire and emergency personnel to access to the most up-to-date information and resources to protect the public.”

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program funds will be used to complete the project. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the Commonwealth’s Information Technology Division, and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security are providing $26.2 million in matching funds for the project.

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