Montgomery celebrates new high-speed internet access

Hampden County

MONTGOMERY, Mass (WWLP) – Montgomery residents used to struggle every day to connect to the Internet.

But that ended Monday, when The Massachusetts Broadband Institute and Comcast completed construction of their broadband network. The town’s police and fire departments really needed this.

“Emergency services weren’t even available via landline phone,” said Dennis Mathew, Comcast Regional Senior Vice President of Western New England. “So to be able to provide Internet, its really the future. Its the way we are communicating with people, doing business, learning.”

“Its the ability to provide internet to more than 375 households, so its really a great day for the town of Montgomery, said Peter Larkin, Chair of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.

Montgomery residents are very excited about this broadband project. Some of them had been using DSL to connect to the Internet. They believe having broadband will help keep more young people in this town.

“If you don’t have high speed internet if you don’t have cable TV I don’t think you’ll be as attractive as some of the communities with younger families, people with kids,” said Montgomery resident, Jeff Cinelli. “Internet is very important for education and doing basic transactions.”

Larkin told 22News their work is far from finished. There are more than 50 Massachusetts communities with limited or no internet service. Larkin said Comcast is working on broadband projects in Worthington, Middlefield and Tolland.

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