Governor Baker announces new funding for internet service to smaller communities in Massachusetts

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts is making it easier for job seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has made it difficult to find jobs, especially if you live in a community with little to no internet access. An initiative called ‘Mass Internet Connect’ will bring and improve broadband internet to communities that don’t have reliable access.

It’s a $9 million initiative Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito spoke about Tuesday morning in Springfield. The program partners with service providers like Verizon, Comcast and Charter Spectrum. The initiative also works in conjunction with the ‘Last Mile Program’ which supports broadband solutions for underserved communities.

“We’ve invested about $55 million in state funds to bring broadband to those communities across the commonwealth that didn’t have what most of us would agree is an essential element of infrastructure,” said Governor Baker.

“This was one of the first priorities that the Governor and I outlined when we came into office, making sure all parts of our commonwealth have access to the internet,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

Service will continue to be rolled out to more residents and businesses in communities over the coming weeks and months.

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