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    1. Elms College adds computer science major

      Elms College adds computer science major

      Elms College has revamped its computer information technology and security major and added a major in computer science for the fall 2018 semester. "Computer science graduates are in high demand, and computer security is one of the fastest-growing job markets within IT," said Beryl Hoffman, associate professor of computer information technology at Elms, in a statement. The computer science major will focus on the design and development of software. Required courses will include programming, data structures and algorithms, cyber ethics, and web design.

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    2. TechSpring redefining the future of health care in region and beyond

      TechSpring redefining the future of health care in region and beyond

      In the not-too-distant future, the delivery of quality health care could be as easy as reading a patient's palm. But the palm reader won't be tucked away in a carnival booth. Instead, the future of health care innovations will most likely come from TechSpring Health Technology Center, a digital nerve center backed by the resources of the $2.5 billion Baystate Health Systems. Currently, TechSpring is collaborating with private health care IT security company imprivata -- headquartered in the eastern part of the state -- to bring palm vein scanning technology used for positive identification of patients  to the medical ...

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    3. Emerging Technologies Will Bring Dramatic Changes to Business

      Emerging Technologies Will Bring Dramatic Changes to Business

      Delcie Bean knows something about innovation, building the company he launched at age 13, Paragus IT, into a nimble, multi-faceted presence in the region’s IT world. He’s also passionate about futurism studies, understanding better than most that several emerging innovations will dramatically alter the way entire industries do business — leaving many companies hopelessly behind. But for those willing to embrace the change, it’s also a time of great excitement.

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    4. Smaller colleges get to plug into power of high performance computing center in Holyoke (video)

      Smaller colleges get to plug into power of high performance computing center in Holyoke (video)

      The Northeast Cyberteam Initiative is a new program that will extend the resources of the high performance computing center here to small colleges, an official said Wednesday. "The end result is more people can potentially gain access to the computers that change the way we do science," center Executive Director John T. Goodhue said.  A three-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help in training college students to be "research computing facilitators," liaisons between computing centers and a biologist, say, at a small college, he said.

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    5. Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC | masslive.com

      Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC | masslive.com

      The Federal Communication Commission says it will launch an auction on July 24 for private telecom firms to provide broadband to 13,000 rural premises in Massachusetts that still don't have high-speed internet service.  Dozens of state census blocks are eligible under the next phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund, which offsets provider costs of extending broadband service into rural areas, the FCC said in a press release.  The 'reverse auction' will provide opportunities for new entrants to the marketplace, regardless of technology, including phone companies, fixed wireless service providers, satellite providers, cable companies and electric utility ...

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    6. Chicopee Electric Light working to offer municipal Internet to businesses then residents

      Chicopee Electric Light working to offer municipal Internet to businesses then residents

      The city's electric company hopes to begin offering high-speed broadband Internet this year, first making the service available to local businesses and then building out a network neighborhood-by-neighborhood. But one City Councilor who has studied how communities throughout the country have offered Internet services to their citizens said he will push to take a more aggressive approach to creating a full fiber optic network faster that can reach all residents and businesses in the city.

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    7. Massachusetts Is Fertile Ground for Biotechnology Careers

      Massachusetts Is Fertile Ground for Biotechnology Careers

      For college students — or career changers — seeking a career path with plenty of opportunity close to home, biotechnology in Massachusetts is certainly enjoying an enviable wave. For example, drug research and development — one key field in the broad world of biotech — has been surging in Massachusetts for well over a decade, and isn’t slowing down, according to the annual report released in November by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, or MassBio. According to that report, Massachusetts has more jobs classified as biotechnology R&D than any other state (see table below), with 34,366 currently employed — a 40% increase since ...

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    8. Blandford gets $1 million state grant to build broadband network with Westfield Gas & Electric

      Blandford gets $1 million state grant to build broadband network with Westfield Gas & Electric

      The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday awarded the town a $1 million Last Mile Infrastructure grant to design, engineer and construct a municipally owned broadband network. Blandford will partner with Westfield Gas and Electric to build a network that will bring high-speed internet to at least 96 percent of homes and businesses to the town. The Last Mile Infrastructure grant program has awarded more than $19.5 million to 22 towns, representing 13,000 homes and businesses, to support efforts to secure broadband connectivity in communities without commercial broadband options.

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    9. Legislature sends broadband bill, including $45M for WMass, to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk

      Legislature sends broadband bill, including $45M for WMass, to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk

      The Legislature passed a $244 million bond bill on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk. The bill, H.4015, includes $45 million for the expansion of broadband internet in Western Massachusetts. It also includes $199 million for the design and construction of a new Chelsea Soldiers' Home. The bill had a strict deadline, since if it were not passed before the legislative session ended on Wednesday, millions of dollars of federal money for the Soldiers' Home would have been at stake. The broadband money is part of the "Last Mile" project, which uses state subsidies to make ...

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    10. Bay Path Hosts Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path Hosts Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      At the fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit held recently at the Longmeadow campus of Bay Path University, keynote speaker and Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) CEO Timothy Connelly told summit attendees that cybersecurity is a top issue for Gov. Charlie Baker and MassTech. According to Connelly, MassTech is making cybersecurity a priority “because we recognize this is the fastest-growing sector. This is why we established the MassTech Cyber Growth and Development Center. Governor Charlie Baker thinks this is a terrific market that can produce sustainable jobs as long as we develop the needed talent.”

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    11. Mobile Devices Find New Frontiers of Speed, Power, and Quality

      Mobile Devices Find New Frontiers of Speed, Power, and Quality

      An on-the-go society demands on-the-go technology, and the array of smartphones, tablets, wristband health sensors, and portable game systems only continues to expand as the major players compete for their share of a growing pie. In its annual look at some of the hottest tech items available, BusinessWest focuses on those mobile devices, which are connecting more Americans than ever, 24/7, to bottomless online resources and, sometimes, to each other.

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    12. Tech Foundry nonprofit seeking students from Springfield neighborhoods hit by natural disasters

      Tech Foundry nonprofit seeking students from Springfield neighborhoods hit by natural disasters

      Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit is recruiting potential students from city neighborhoods that have faced both natural disasters and economic disadvantage. "We are currently recruiting in these neighborhoods asking residents if they have the ambition, aspiration and commitment to take advantage of this 'no-cost' program and start a career in Information Technology," Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnerships Jonathan Edwards said in a statement. "Students who apply for and are accepted into the Tech Foundry program will ultimately begin a career that can help them attain a job where entry-level salaries will pay between $30,000 and $40 ...

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    13. NetLogix Aims to Reduce Stress, Keep Clients Focused on Growth

      NetLogix Aims to Reduce Stress, Keep Clients Focused on Growth

      Information-technology solutions providers can easily get lost in a maze of technical jargon, but that’s the last thing Marco Liquori wants to throw at customers. Instead, the technicians at his 13-year-old company, NetLogix, are trained to communicate clearly with clients about their network needs — and then meet those needs, in the background, so businesses can focus on growth, not computer issues. A recent customer-satisfaction report suggests the Westfield-based firm is doing something right.

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    14. Online-based program helping Holyoke students with laptops, video, 'gamification,' open house scheduled

      Online-based program helping Holyoke students with laptops, video, 'gamification,' open house scheduled

      An open house will be held this week about an "innovative" online-based school program called P3 or Personalized Pathways Program. The open house will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Peck Full Service Community School, 1916 Northampton St. The program features students using Google Chromebook laptops and other technology with methods that help them learn skills at their own pace, according to a press release and information online. It began in September at Peck. This year, 90 students with four teachers are involved in the program, said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver in charge of ...

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    15. Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants

      Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants

      Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has released state broadband grants to six more rural towns that plan to build their own high-speed fiber-to-the-home networks. Announced Wednesday were $6.8 million in direct infrastructure grants to Charlemont, Colrain, Cummington, Heath, New Salem, Otis, and Rowe. Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito administration awarded $4.6 millionto Ashfield, Leyden, Mt. Washington, Plainfield, Shutesbury, and Windsor.

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    16. Six Massachusetts towns win broadband infrastructure grants to build fiber optic networks

      Six Massachusetts towns win broadband infrastructure grants to build fiber optic networks

      Six Western Massachusetts towns have received state grants to design and build their own municipal broadband networks. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration last week released $4.6 million to Ashfield, Leyden, Shutesbury, Plainfield, Windsor, and Mount Washington. The grants will cover about a third of the cost, with towns borrowing the rest to build fiber optic networks to serve homes and businesses. "We were very excited to get the news," said David Kulp, chairman of the Municipal Light Plant Advisory Board in Ashfield. "When I made the announcement at Town Meeting on Saturday, the room broke out into cheers."

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    17. Baystate Health’s TechSpring Innovation Center Launches Development Environment Based on InterSystems Platform

      TechSpring, in partnership with InterSystems and J2 Interactive, announced the launch of a new software development environment that accelerates innovation for healthcare technology leaders by providing them with access to real healthcare resources and data. The environment is built on the InterSystems HealthShare® interoperability platform, and was implemented by the IT services firm J2 Interactive.

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    18. Welcome to the 'fiberhood': Westfield's Whip City Fiber aims for connected city

      Welcome to the 'fiberhood': Westfield's Whip City Fiber aims for connected city

      With $15 million in bond money approved earlier this year, Westfield Gas + Electric plans to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet service to 75 percent of city addresses by the end of 2018. "It's a pretty aggressive schedule," said Dan Howard, general manger for the municipal utility. For residential customers, the Whip City Fiber service costs $69.95 a month with free standard installation and no contract. Businesses pay $84.95 with a three-year contract and $99.95 a month with a two-year contract. A standard installation is free for businesses as well.

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    19. 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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    20. State reassures communities as MassBroadband123 operator declares bankruptcy

      State reassures communities as MassBroadband123 operator declares bankruptcy

      A 1,200-mile, state-owned broadband backbone serving Central and Western Massachusetts will stay in service for at least 13 weeks while its operator negotiates Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a state official said on Thursday. In addition, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative denies responsibility for any financial woes experienced by KCST in its troubled operation of MassBroadband123, said Paul McMorrow, spokesman for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. "That was not a business plan that was foisted on anyone," McMorrow said in a conference call with reporters.

       
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    21. Shutesbury opts for fiber optic network; rejects Charter cable offer

      Shutesbury opts for fiber optic network; rejects Charter cable offer

      The Shutesbury Board of Selectmen has rejected a proposal from Charter Communications to build a cable network within its borders, saying the town should take take available state broadband grants and apply the money to constructing its own fiber optic network. Local officials wrote to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute on March 9, saying the Charter cable proposal "is not a good long-term solution to bring broadband to our town" and that "town leadership still believes that building and owning our own network is preferable."

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    22. Massachusetts Broadband Institute OKs proposal for internet service to six towns

      Massachusetts Broadband Institute OKs proposal for internet service to six towns

      Peter Larkin, board chairman of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, said there is no perfect solution, but the institute is committed to helping each town find the best possible project. "We're going to stumble, and we're going to be successful," Larkin said. "This administration is committed to this cause." Last year, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration revamped the state's "Last Mile" broadband program and brought Larkin on to oversee it. The goal of the program is to bring high-speed internet connectivity to 40 rural towns in Western Massachusetts that do not have it.

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    23. Hogan Technology Invited to Technology Assurance Group Convention

      Hogan Technology Invited to Technology Assurance Group Convention

      Hogan Technology announced that Sean Hogan, the company’s president, has been invited to attend the 17th annual Technology Assurance Group Convention, an organization of dominant unified-communications companies in North America representing $350 million in products and services. The event, to be held in Houston on April 2-5, brings together the most successful leaders in the unified-communications sector in order to elevate the industry as a whole, through the sharing of best business practices, CEO-to-CEO collaboration, and exchange of viewpoints as the future of technology. The theme of this year’s convention is “teamwork drives success.” It will focus on ...

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    24. State agrees to release engineering money to towns for rural broadband

      State agrees to release engineering money to towns for rural broadband

      Massachusetts officials have agreed to release engineering and design grants directly to rural towns that plan to build "last mile" municipal broadband networks. Previously, the towns were bound to accept "professional services" provided internally by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a state agency. The policy, announced Monday, marks a radical shift for MBI and opens a range of options for dozens of small towns in Central and Western Massachusetts that have been struggling for years without high-speed residential internet. MBI unveiled the new policy at its Feb. 27 board meeting in Westborough, said Paul McMorrow, a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Baker ...

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