Founded in 2008, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech works to extend affordable high-speed Internet access to all homes, businesses, schools, libraries, medical facilities, government offices and other public places across the Commonwealth, allowing all regions to participate more fully in the innovation economy. MBI also works to promote broadband usage and adoption by our residents and small businesses.
In 2008, the $40 million Broadband Act was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick in Goshen, MA.
In 2009, the Berkman Center conducted an independent expert review of existing literature and studies about broadband deployment and usage throughout the world, in order to help inform the FCC’s efforts in developing the National Broadband Plan.
Since 2010, Massachusetts Broadband Institute has been awarded $6,162,554 in federal grants for Massachusetts’s Broadband Initiative.
Another $77,517,537, accounting for 2.2% of all federal infrastructure grants, was awarded to broadband infrastructure projects in Massachusetts.