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MBI Approves $1.9 Million in Last Mile Grants to Support Broadband Expansion in Alford, Otis, Warwick

WESTBOROUGH – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a total of $1.9 million in grant funds for the Towns of Alford, Otis, and Warwick, to finance the construction of high-speed internet networks in the three unserved Last Mile towns. The grant funding, approved today by the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI), is part of the administration’s continued commitment to ensuring broadband access to over 40 Last Mile towns in Massachusetts unserved by broadband internet access.

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MBI Launches RFP to Identify Private Sector Options to Close ‘Last Mile’ Broadband Gaps

WESTBOROUGH – November 21, 2016 - Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of a competitive solicitation for private sector proposals to close Last Mile broadband gaps in western and central Massachusetts towns. The request for proposals, issued by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI), will identify qualified private firms willing to design, build, own, operate, manage, and maintain high-speed broadband internet networks in the 40 Massachusetts towns currently unserved by broadband.

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Study: Mass. Robotics Companies Employed 4,700 Workers, Generated $1.6 Billion in Revenue in 2015

BOSTON – New research released today by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative cites 122 companies that now comprise the Commonwealth’s robotics cluster and that these firms employed over 4,700 workers and generated over $1.6 billion in revenue in 2015 alone. The report also identified 33 new robotics startups that were created in Massachusetts over the past five years, an increase of 31 percent. In addition to an assessment of the current state of the industry, “The Massachusetts Robotics Cluster” report also outlines the key robotics sub-sectors where the Commonwealth is taking a global leadership role, including marine robotics, eCommerce logistics technologies, and collaborative robotics.

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MBI: Rollout of Pole Surveys in Several ‘Last Mile’ Municipalities to Begin

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) has selected a vendor to begin pole surveys in unserved Western Mass towns, a critical first step in the pre-construction phase which ensures that utility poles and other infrastructure can support the build out of broadband infrastructure in the region.

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Baker-Polito Administration Welcomes Tim Connelly as Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Executive Director

Boston – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced the appointment of Timothy J. Connelly as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Connelly was most recently a General Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman, an international financial services firm. His appointment is effective immediately.

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Agreement Reached To Extend Broadband Coverage In Nine 'Partially Served' Western Massachusetts Towns

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) and Comcast have reached an agreement that will extend broadband access in nine municipalities in Western and North Central Massachusetts, a project which is estimated to deliver broadband connectivity to 1,089 new residences and businesses, and will bring the overall coverage level in each town to 96% or above. The grant will provide up to $4 million in state funds to reimburse partial project costs for Comcast, which has existing networks in each of the towns, to construct broadband internet extensions to additional homes and businesses.

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Commonwealth Awards $5 Million to UMass Amherst to Support New Data Science Collaborative

SPRINGFIELD – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $5 million grant to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to establish the UMass Amherst Data Science/Cybersecurity Research and Education Collaborative, a public-private partnership designed to accelerate data science innovation in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts. The Commonwealth’s investment will help drive the commercialization of new products and ideas, train a leading data science workforce and support collaborative regional economic development activities.

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Massachusetts Broadband Institute Announces Grant to Support Construction of Mount Washington’s ‘Last Mile’ Broadband Network

BOSTON – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved a grant to the Town of Mount Washington to support the construction of a ‘Fiber to the Home’ network that will deliver broadband access to the town’s residents. The grant of $230,000 from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (“MBI”) will help construct a fiber-optic network that will pass 96% of residences in the town. Of the households in Mount Washington, over 60% have agreed to take service on the proposed network, a fact the Town confirmed through a program which gathered a signed agreement from each subscriber committing to three years of data and phone service along with a $300 deposit.

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MeHI Awards $3 Million to Enhance Coordination among Community Healthcare Providers & Improve Patient Care

BROCKTON – During an event at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center today, MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, announced $3,038,000 in grants to drive community-level collaboration among healthcare providers using innovative technologies. The grants were made through MeHI’s Connected Communities Implementation Grant program, a statewide effort which seeks to enhance collaboration and communication among healthcare providers within a community through the use of innovative technologies, such as electronic health records and health information exchanges.

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Commonwealth, Mass. Broadband Institute Announce Grant for Middlefield Wireless Pilot Project

BOSTON – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved a new grant to the Town of Middlefield to aid in the launch of a wireless pilot project designed to help the town address its broadband Internet gap. The grant of $129,082 from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will fund costs associated with the town’s preferred solution for broadband under the pilot program.

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Commonwealth Awards $3 Million to Northeastern University to Drive Development of Smart Sensors and Nanoscale Materials

BURLINGTON – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $3 million grant to Northeastern University to establish the Advanced Nanomanufacturing Cluster for Smart Sensors and Materials (“ANSSeM”), a consortium of private manufacturing companies and tier-one research universities working on new methods to create smart sensors and other revolutionary materials using ‘nanoscale’ printing processes.

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MassTech Intern Partnership to Connect Students with Growing Tech Companies for Summer 2016

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) has launched the MassTech Intern Partnership for summer 2016. The MassTech Intern Partnership helps students and graduates build meaningful connections to the Commonwealth’s tech sector, offering matching funds to eligible tech companies which hire local interns. The program enables eligible start-up and scaling digital technology companies to engage qualified college students to help keep our dynamic tech sector vibrant and growing throughout the state.

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