More than 100,000 feet of fiber-optic cable has been delivered to West Springfield as part of an effort to expand high-speed Internet access in western and north-central Massachusetts.
The state's so-called "Mass. Broadband 1-2-3" project is stringing a fiber-optic line, or backbone, through more than 120 communities in central and western Massachusetts. The line travels above ground and will boost connection to homes, libraries, schools, health care and public safety facilities.
"It's just an exciting day that it's real. We're seeing things be delivered. This is 144-strand cable so it might go up along Route 7. That's a key backbone area," said Judy Dumont, the director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.
The project is being funded by $45 million in federal stimulus funding and $26 million from the state.
This program aired on December 9, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.