Frontier out as internet provider for New Marlborough

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The Berkshire Eagle

NEW MARLBOROUGH — The town of New Marlborough will not be using Frontier Communications to build and service the towns' fiber-optic networks, according to the town's broadband committee chairman.

In March, Sandisfield, Tolland, Monterey and New Marlborough, as a collective committee, began working with the telecom company Frontier Communications in an effort to bring high-speed internet to the rural towns.

After nearly a year of negotiating, New Marlborough decided that Frontier was "no longer viable" for the the town as the cost to the town kept increasing, according to New Marlborough Broadband Committee Chairman Richard Long.

Monterey had previously backed out of the negotiations, Long said.

The Select Board and broadband committee will be meeting the representatives from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute today to discuss possible "flexible grant" options.

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute had previously agreed to pay $4.77 million to Frontier Communications. After their MBI meeting, New Marborough will hold a public information meeting to explain to residents the possible broadband options going forward, Long said.

That meeting has not yet been scheduled.Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter, or 413-770-6977.

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