Parallel to our negotiation efforts with Fiber Connect and Frontier, Monterey is working with the Commonwealth, via a number of organizations that fall under the Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED), to determine the appropriate source(s) of funding that make up the grants earmarked for Monterey’s Broadband Project. This is currently the focal point of all of our efforts. Mass. Broadband Institute (MBI), Mass. Technology Collaborative (MTC) and HED itself each have programs to allocate the funds. We are in discussions with each organization and filing grant applications to obtain the Commonwealth’s commitment.
This is taking longer than we had hoped or anticipated. The Commonwealth is streamlining their processes to make them more efficient, however, each change requires that we re-start or modify efforts that were already in process.
Our direct vendor discussions are progressing in parallel so that once the grant issues are resolved we can make a definitive directional statement to our Internet starved community.