1. Baker administration relieves MassBroadband of $20 million in grantmaking authority

    Baker administration relieves MassBroadband of $20 million in grantmaking authority

    The MBI board of directors on Tuesday, March 28, agreed to let Gov. Charlie Baker's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development take $20 million in grant-making authority off its plate. Starting April 3, eligible towns will apply for one-stop infrastructure grants through the cabinet-level office. That ought to streamline the process, said housing and economic development deputy secretary Carolyn Kirk. Town leaders have long complained of delays and shifting parameters, and at a Feb. 16 public forum in Worthington directed sharp words at the broadband institute, which was formed in 2008 by then-Gov. Deval Patrick and the state ...

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    1. After nine years, it's time that MBI acknowledge its failure, drops its paternalistic approach and simply grant money to the towns to get the job done.
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