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Congressman Richard E. Neal Statement on $4.5 Million for “Last-Mile” Broadband Connectivity

June 26, 2017
Press Release

SPRINGFIELD – Today, Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement after the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $4.5 million for “Last Mile” broadband connectivity projects including $2.1 million to Becket; $890,000 to Chesterfield; $280,000 to New Ashford; and $490,000 to Washington. Through the Last Mile Infrastructure Grant Program, municipalities are able to design, engineer, and construct their own broadband networks in their respective communities. This grant program is designed to spur implementation of broadband internet in these underserved areas. With the Baker-Polito announcement today, a total of 16 towns and over 10,000 homes and businesses have received funding.

“I am pleased that the Baker-Polito Administration has continued to dedicate funds for these underserved communities across the state and especially right here in the First Congressional District,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal. “The acquisition of high speed broadband networks in these areas would not only help our schools and businesses. Having access to affordable broadband would also be a huge driver of economic development in these rural towns. I thank the Baker-Polito Administration for their commitment to regional equity and remain steadfast in my role as an active supporter on the federal level.”