Posted at: 04/04/2013 5:00 PM
| Updated at: 04/04/2013 6:03 PM
By: WNYT Staff
OTIS, Mass. - The governor of Massachusetts is calling it a remarkable milestone for Berkshire County.
Gov. Deval Patrick was in Otis Thursday where he lit the first section of a new 1,200 mile fiber-optic network.
It will bring high speed internet access to more than 120 communities in western and central Massachusetts that have been asking for it, for years.
"High speed broadband is as necessary as roads and bridges...it's an educational necessity, a medical necessity....competitive necessity," Patrick said.
Thursday's event was held at Farmington River Elementary School.
Once the network was launched, the school used Skype to connect students to other students in Bogota, Colombia and to NASA's Space Flight Center.