UPDATES - October 2022

Procurement Announcement

New! Statewide Planning RFP

On 10/18 MBI issued a Request for Proposals for Statewide Broadband Planning Services to solicit responses from qualified consultants with experience in broadband/digital equity planning, community/stakeholder engagement and outreach, project management, facilitation, workforce/economic development, and broadband infrastructure deployment.

These services will support MBI in developing a statewide Digital Equity Plan and a Five Year Action Plan, required components of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Digital Equity Act and Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) programs.


Organizations that are interested in responding can find full RFP details linked here.


MBI has scheduled a bidders conference for this RFP at 10am on 10/31 with final responses due on 11/17.

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Digital Equity Planner Job Opening

Digital Equity Planner - Full-Time Position

MBI is seeking a dynamic individual to support the expansion of MBI’s digital equity and inclusion initiatives. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual seeking to gain hands on experience in digital equity planning, program implementation, stakeholder engagement, and program evaluation. 

The ideal candidate will have 2 – 3 years’ experience in urban planning, community development, or other related fields; have an expressed interest in the digital equity field; and demonstrate an ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

2 Days a week of in-person work are required at MassTech’s Westborough office location.

Salary Range: $65 - $75K, commensurate with experience.

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Upcoming Events

Mass Municipal Association webinar on Federal Broadband and Digital Equity Investments!

11/15 at 12:00 PM, Online:

Join the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance for a discussion of current and future federal broadband funding opportunities. During this webinar panel of state experts will provide an overview of the federal broadband funding landscape and the steps municipalities can take to prepare for this once in a generation opportunity to close the digital divide and expand broadband access. 

MBI will highlight how towns and cities can leverage the Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program to identify the needs of their communities and the actions that will ensure that your residents have access to reliable and affordable broadband service as well as the skills and devices critical to participating in today’s society. 

Register Here

Procurement Update

Date Change – Digital Equity Partnership Program


The concept paper submission deadline has been moved to October 28, 2022.


MBI has extended the deadline for the submission of concept papers for the initial funding round for the Digital Equity Partnership Program to 5pm on Friday October 28th to allow respondents additional time to review the extensive Q&A posted on 10/17.

Next Round of Deadlines

The next Round of Municipal Digital Equity Planning Consultant and Digital Equity Partnerships Program responses are due 5 pm on 12/5. Please continue to check the Digital Equity Partnership Program and Request for Qualifications for Municipal Digital Equity Planning Services solicitation pages for up-to-date information on response dates.

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Program Updates

NDIA/ILSR Workshop

MBI hosted Massachusetts' first-ever Digital Equity Capacity Building Workshop for Regional Planning Agencies and key stakeholder partners this month. Shout out to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and Institute for Local Self-Reliance for facilitating an amazing workshop.

Salem Network Tour

To kickoff Digital Inclusion Week 2022, a visit to Salem was organized to spotlight a mesh WiFi project supported by a MBI grant to expand broadband access and adoption. Thanks to everyone at North Shore Community Development Coalition for hosting the tour and to the team at Essex County Community Foundation for their partnership and support on the grant.

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