Photography by R.S.Fetridge
CELLUCCI ANNOUNCES FUNDING
FOR BERKSHIRE TELECOMMUNICATIONS STUDY
October 31st 1997 at the Berkshire Life building located in
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Governor Paul Cellucci announced that the Commonwealth
is providing Berkshire County with $250,000 to conduct a regional telecommunications
study, a step that will add to the further economic development and competitiveness
of the area. The feasibility study will evaluate options on how the county's
telecommunications infrastructure can be improved.
"This $250,000 is a giant step toward bringing Berkshire County
up to speed with the rest of the Commonwealth's telecommunications infrastructure,"
said Cellucci. "Many sectors within Berkshire County that rely on high-speed
telecommunications, including business, education, and healthcare, have
identified the inadequate infrastructure as an impediment to competitiveness
and growth. This money will help investigate how we should address the
The funding is provided through the Information Technology (IT)
Bond Bill, enacted by the State Legislature last year. The Berkshire
Telecommunications Task Force--convened by the Berkshire Regional Planning
Committee--will utilize the $250,000 to assess the specific telecommunications-infrastructure
needs of the region, and evaluate the feasibility of proposals aimed at
addressing those needs. Governor Cellucci has directed the Massachusetts
Technology Collaborative to support the Task Force's efforts on behalf
of the Commonwealth.
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