HANCOCK — Carolyn Kirk, deputy secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, has pledged to seek state help in making cross-border arrangements with New York State and Charter Communications to implement the last-mile broadband plan in town.

The challenge, noted Sherman Derby Sr., chairman of the Hancock Select Board, is that parts of town are hard to get to from other parts of town. For some neighborhoods, accessibility is only possible from New York State. And one must travel out of town to get from northern Hancock to southern Hancock, and vice-versa.

So engineering a plan to build out broadband connections throughout town is somewhat more complex than in most other communities, including a need for navigating state-to-state, cross-border regulatory complications — which is where Kirk comes in.

During a recent meeting with the town's broadband committee, Kirk said she heard a great deal of commitment to the project, and that the committee is a strong advocate for the project.

Most of town only has access to DSL internet connections, except for Town Hall, Hancock School and the public library, all of which have access to broadband thanks to the middle-mile build initiative.

Derby said interest in having broadband access in town is high, especially among those who work from home.

Kirk noted that the project is under design.

"There is sustained advocacy and commitment for getting the project completed for the entire community," Kirk said following the meeting. "And we are far from done. We're (the office of Housing and Economic Development) right here by your side and committed to getting the project to completion."

Derby noted that for many residents, broadband can't come soon enough.

"Once it comes out, people want it," he said. "And they want it yesterday."

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.