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The state of Massachusetts has awarded over $37 million in broadband grants to Verizon to cover some of the costs of deploying broadband to underserved locations in the state. The grants are part of a total of $45 million awarded to four broadband network operators. 

The other three awardees are Charter, which will get over $4.9 million; Comcast, which will get nearly $2.7 million; and Greenfield Community Energy and Technology, which will get almost $758,734. The latter is a municipal network operator in the community of Greenfield.

The awardees collectively will contribute an additional $40 million to the buildouts.

The awards were made by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) through the state’s Broadband Infrastructure Gap Networks Program. That program was funded through the federal Capital Projects Fund.

“The close collaboration with these organizations, coupled with the support from the municipalities themselves, is paramount to the success of these projects,” said MBI Director Michael Baldino in a prepared statement. “We’re committed to rolling out these construction projects quickly and efficiently to ensure that the residents at these 2,000-plus locations get the same level of broadband access that many of us take for granted.”

Awardees must deploy symmetrical 100 Mbps service and reach 100% of existing unserved and underserved serviceable locations. Projects must be completed by year-end 2026.

MBI will be awarding additional funding through additional rounds in the Broadband Infrastructure Gap Networks Program. Applications for the second round were due today.

Additional information about Massachusetts broadband, including links to state funding resources, state specific Telecompetitor coverage and more can be found on the Telecompetitor Broadband Nation webpage for the state.

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