Holyoke Gas & Electric has been connecting community anchor institutions and local businesses in Western Massachusetts with fiber networks for years. Rather than using exception access to the Internet as a competitive advantage over more poorly connected neighbors, the Municipal Light Plant (in the parlance of Massachusetts law) is helping nearby towns to establish their own networks.
I met Senior Network Engineer Tim Haas in a lunch with people building community owned networks in Leverett and Princeton in late August. He joins me for episode #65 of the Community Broadband [no-glossary]Bits[/no-glossary] podcast.
We discuss the Holyoke approach, its network, and enthusiasm for assisting others in the region to improve access to the Internet.
Read the transcript of our discussion here.
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