The event featured remarks from Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao, Mass Mutual Financial Group President & CEO Roger Crandall, Baystate Health Vice President Frank Robinson, Tech Goes Home Chief Advocacy Officer Marvin Venay, and Vinfen Chief Strategy Officer Kim Shellenberger. State Senators Adam Gomez and Jacob Oliveira were also in atttendance.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “I want to thank Governor Maura Healey and her administration, and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at Mass Tech for their efforts and commitment to helping to connect more individuals to the internet and close the digital divide many residents experience. My administration is proud to support the Commonwealth’s Digital Equity Partnership Program, a new initiative from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech, which aims to assist community partners and organizations so that they can connect with residents and households through digital equity projects that will work to eliminate and mitigate the barriers faced in accessing digital equity and help close the digital divide. Access to affordable and reliable internet is essential for our residents and achieving this goal will not only enhance the quality of life for many but will also help advance vital economic development projects and educational initiatives not only here in Springfield but across the Commonwealth.”