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Williamstown Select Board Discusses Municipal Broadband Survey Results

Select Board member Andrew Hogeland, who has been part of a study group looking at the feasibility of broadband, reported to his colleagues the results of a townwide survey that was distributed along with the annual town census this winter.

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Williamstown Seeks Data on Interest in Municipal Broadband

Included in the annual street census this month, Williamstown residents received a brief survey to assess their interest in the town creating a municipally owned fiber optic network.

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Professionals Look To Establish Global Cyber Security Chapter In Western Mass

Local cyber security professionals are looking to establish a Western Massachusetts Chapter of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.

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Williamstown Researching Potential for Municipal Broadband

Select Board member Andrew Hogeland on Monday gave his colleagues an update on the research of a working group of volunteers who have been looking at solutions to provide high-speed internet access in the rural town of 7,700.

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Money Sought For Study on Possible Pittsfield Broadband Network

Municipal broadband systems have been taking hold in Western Massachusetts recently. The community-owned internet service is eyed to bolster speeds and decrease pricing in areas that are underserved by the utility companies.

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Pittsfield Passes 5G Zoning Laws

When 5G infrastructure is installed in city right of ways, it'll have to look nice. The City Council approved the proactive measure of updating its zoning regulations to ensure the city streets aren't lined with unsightly technology. Tower and wireless companies are rolling out 5G technology throughout the nation but that will require a significant number of new towers and antennas.

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Pittsfield Prepping Local Regulations For 5G Technology

Tower companies are chomping at the bit as a multi-billion dollar industry in 5G technology is primed to roll out. On Wednesday night the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan to help roll that industry out quicker and cheaper. And when it does, companies will be seeking to use to right of way to for technology companies to attach antennas and accompanying infrastructure.

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Attorney Urges City and Town Planners to Get Ahead of 5G Tech

Attorney Anthony Lepore is sounding the alarm on legislation allowing 5G technology to roll out. Lepore said states have been passing legislation that effectively removes a local municipality's say in wireless infrastructure placed in a right of way.

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