Many part-time residents have expressed the desire to spend more time at the Lake, but can’t because they lack high-speed internet access. Telecommuting on Mondays or Fridays (or full-time!) isn’t an option for most without high-speed internet access. Fulltime residents have been equally frustrated with slow options — dial up internet or DSL for a subset of Lake residents.
You may have heard about Wired West, and the effort to build out the “last mile” network bringing true high-speed internet access along with digital telephone and television options to the Berkshires. We’re passing along information from Wired West, and ask that you take a few minutes to complete the brief Expression of Interest survey card. This is your opportunity to communicate if you are interested, and assessing potential demand is key milestone for Wired West. Without sufficient demand, it is much more difficult to justify the network build-out. Some residents may also receive a survey card in the mail, although online completion is preferred by Wired West.
“WiredWest is our communities’ chosen solution to the regional problem of inadequate broadband.
In Western Massachusetts, over 40 towns have inadequate access to high-speed internet, while it has become a necessity in today’s digital world. Even those who have broadband access are using outdated technologies that are not robust enough to equip our businesses, students and workers to survive and thrive.
Western Massachusetts towns are creating our own solution to this problem. We’ve created a municipal cooperative of member towns, and are working with state and local organizations to build a financially sustainable, state-of-the-art fiber-optic network to serve everyone. A network that will have the capacity to last for decades to come. And a network that will drive regional economic development, create jobs, improve education and healthcare, and provide a sustainable future for our communities.