(The Center Square) – Massachusetts municipalities are getting $3.5 million in technology grants, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said.
In one Press release, the lieutenant governor announced that 70 municipalities across the state will receive grants under the Community Compact Cabinet Information Technology program. The Baker administration has made 749 grants available with $19.2 million in funding to help municipalities improve technology infrastructure to become more efficient.
“Technology systems support many of the essential services that cities, towns and school districts in Massachusetts provide to residents,” Governor Charlie Baker said in the statement. “We are proud that our administration, through the work of the Community Compact Cabinet, will continue to partner with local communities to enable a new series of innovative IT improvement projects.”
Pittsfield is receiving its third grant under the program, $99,750 in funding that will build a downtown public Wi-Fi network, according to the release. The city received $95,000 in 2019 to set up wireless infrastructure for internal and public use, and $40,000 was received in 2017 to change its infrastructure to allow consolidation of the telephone system.
East Longmeadow, the statement said, is set to receive $114,503 to bolster cybersecurity and improve its disaster recovery capabilities, and Plymouth will receive $100,000 to operate an online permit system.
The city of Athol will receive $73,478 for network security in all city buildings, and Hopkinton will use $60,000 for a records management system. Other grants include $48,615 for Revere to perform network systems integration, and Leicester will receive $25,000 for cloud-based software for emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
The application period for the Municipal Fiber Grant program will run from March 15 to April 15, 2022. The program is designed to fill technology gaps in municipal networks, enabling centralized management of IT infrastructure.