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Lanesborough Likely to Leave Wired West With MBI, Charter Planning Expansion

The Board of Selectmen are trusting Charter to connect close to 100 percent of residents to broadband and essentially cutting ties with Wired West. The Board of Selectmen voted during an emergency meeting Wednesday to forfeit future funding from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and to instead allow Charter to receive a grant to build out the high-speed internet system.

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Charter Upgrading Internet, Cable in Lanesborough

On Aug. 2 high-definition cable access will be in most of Lanesborough and a week later, high-speed internet. In part of the merger with Time Warner Cable, Carter Communications is upgrading the systems in three Berkshire towns - Lanesborough, West Stockbridge, and Hinsdale. For weeks workers have been in various parts of the town replacing wiring and bringing the new digital signal to the majority of the homes.

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BRPC Hears Update To 'Last Mile' Broadband Plan

Finishing out the so-called "last mile" of broadband connectivity will take a flexible approach, giving towns an array of options to connect, according to Massachusetts Technology Collaborative implementation liaison Bill Ennen. Ennen was appointed to the role which serves as an middle man between the state's Massachusetts Broadband Initiative and individual towns in June at the same time former Pittsfield state Rep. Peter Larkin was appointed to chair the MBI board. The two are now heading t

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Williamstown Rural Lands Adds 'QR' Codes at Trailheads

WRLF has posted at the trailhead of three of its trails a QR (Quick Response) code that will enable a hiker with a smartphone who simply scans the QR code to download a trail map and a trail description, providing information about the length of the trail and its degree of difficulty, and describing the natural features to be encountered along the way.

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Clarksburg School Hoping for More Chromebooks

The School Committee was presented with the need for more Chromebooks for students as the school moves to a more online system. Graham Coterwas, IT director for the North Berkshire School Union, explained how the school has been moving to the cloud and using the Google document system for sharing projects and papers.

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Mount Washington Broadband Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

A bill giving the town the right to set up its own broadband service now goes to the governor's desk after being enacted by the state Senate. Mount Washington plans to build and operate a modern, fiber-to-the-home network to provide high-speed Internet access to its residents.

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North Adams Committee Reviewing Online Information Access

"I think this is a very long-term issue ... the city has been doing paper for a very long time." — Eric Buddington

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Entrepreneurship Celebrated at Cloud85

In all, seven startups were featured at Friday's event.

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