Broadband connections still lag in Western Mass. – The Boston Globe

One rural community that previously had no high-speed access has been able to build its own connection: Leverett, a town of about 1,900 some 10 miles north of Amherst. Voters there agreed in 2012 to borrow $3.6 million, which helped pay for fiber-optic connections to 800 buildings in the town.The town contracted with a private company to provide its residents’ Internet service, which costs about $75 per month and delivers speeds of 1 gigabit per second — around 10 times faster than average download speeds for Comcast’s Xfinity service in Boston, according to online testing service Speedtest.net.The Massachusetts Broadband Initiative, which supplied some money for the Leverett project, said it was evidence of one way towns can successfully build broadband connections.

Source: Broadband connections still lag in Western Mass. – The Boston Globe