Internet access has never been more critical than in the past few months. Since the pandemic, many schools have closed or are operating part-time which means many students need to do their schoolwork from home, others need to communicate with doctors and other health care providers through telehealth, and those fortunate to remain working, many need to work remotely and telecommute with their place of employment.
The Baker-Polito Administration recently launched programs to increase internet connectivity. One of which is designed to help those seeking employment through MassHire through a subsidized program called “Mass. Internet Connect” with MBI. (Mass Broadband Institute) MBI is collaborating with internet service providers to offer subsidies and devices to job seekers. For more information, go to: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/ how-mass-internet-connect-works For a list of MassHire locations go to: https://www.mass.gov/masshirecareer-centers/locations
While towns continue to work with service providers to connect homes and businesses that are not served or have inadequate service, the need for connectivity is mounting. In an effort to address the immediate need, the administration has funded the expansion of the WiFi Hotspot program in 30 underserved communities in Western and Central Mass. For a list of WiFi Hotspots, Hotspots, go to: https://broadband.masstech.org/wifi
High-speed internet continues to be is essential for those looking to sell their home and those looking to purchase a home.
To see internet service availability for a specific address, go to: Broadbandmap.fcc.gov