Who presently owns the “middle mile” fiber that serves the town offices, library, etc., and will the “middle mile” be available for use as Plainfield builds out the “last mile”?

MassBroadband 123 (MB123) is a broadband network with approximately 1,200 miles of fiber-optic cable connecting communities in western and north-central Massachusetts. MB123 is owned by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) and was not designed to serve residential customers. While the use of “backhaul” Internet connection through the MB123 middle mile network could be part of the design and engineering of Plainfield’s last mile network, which will serve residences, it is not our only option. We will weigh many factors, including costs and service-level agreements, in order to identify the best “backhaul” option for Plainfield.

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