Massachusetts State Broadband Office

Massachusetts State Broadband Office Overview

Massachusetts Broadband Grant Award Status

BEAD: $147.4 M

Massachusetts 5 Year Plan
Initial Proposal v1
Challenge Window
Initial Proposal v2
Application Window
Awards Announced

Treasury Capital Projects Fund: $175.4 M

Treasury Approved
Application Window
Awards Announced

Broadband Office Name:
Massachusetts Broadband Institute

Parent Department:
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

Massachusetts Broadband Director

Michael Baldino

About Massachusetts Broadband Institute

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute is the state broadband coordinator.

Governor Charlie Baker announced in January a new $9 million initiative entitled Mass Internet Connect, to improve broadband internet access in communities that lack reliable access.

From the American Rescue Plan, Massachusetts will receive $3.4 billion in general infrastructure. Municipal aid is based on population.

The overall amount reserved for broadband funding is not calculated at this time.

Today, Statewide Broadband programs from this office include the Mass Internet Connect to assist unemployed residents with tools, services and internet connections needed for employment.

The program partners with commercial service providers such as Comcast, Spectrum, and Verizon alongside Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s Last Mile Program to support broadband services for underserved communities.

The Wifi Hotspots program, as a collaboration with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and local ISPs, to offer indoor and outdoor hotspots to underserved communities.

Funding available includes:

  • The Gateway Cities Program, intended to award grants to gateway cities and organizations to implement broadband access to gateway cities
  • The Flexible Grant Program, a competitive $40 million grant program to support last mile broadband connectivity in Central and Western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts is rated in the top 10 best states for broadband coverage. 95% of the state obtains broadband coverage of 25 mbps, while only 43% of residents do not have access to low-priced broadband plans.

Massachusetts Broadband Articles

Massachusetts Broadband Investment Maps

Massachusetts broadband investment map ready strength rank

Massachusetts Map of Ready Strength Rank

Massachusetts broadband investment map yield on cost

Massachusetts Yield on Cost Maps

Massachusetts broadband investment pricing and competition map

Massachusetts Pricing & Competition Map

Massachusetts broadband investment map business establishments

Massachusetts Map of Business Establishments in Underserved Areas

Massachusetts broadband investment map small business establishments

Massachusetts Small Business Establishments Map

Massachusetts broadband investment map anchor institutions

Massachusetts Map of Anchor Institutions

Massachusetts broadband investment map provider coverage

Massachusetts Provider Coverage Maps

Massachusetts broadband investment map BSLs

Map of Massachusetts Broadband Serviceable Locations