In a visit to Pittsfield Thursday, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito seemed to be caught off guard when asked about when the so-called “Last Mile” project will be completed for 40 communities in the western part of the state.
The original legislation authorizing funding for the expansion of broadband internet service to rural communities in western Massachusetts was signed eight years ago. And some involved with the movement never thought it would take as long as it has.
The so-called “Last Mile” project, which would bring broadband internet to rural communities has been stalled for months.
A fiber-optic network that’s now under constriction has begun to provide high-speed internet to some under-served parts of western Massachusetts.