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© 2019 Maine Broadband Coalition

ABOUT MBC

WHO WE ARE

Representing hundreds of organizations, dozens of communities and thousands of internet users - MBC is the hub of information, policy support, and capacity building around broadband/high speed internet in Maine. 

Guided by a diverse advisory committee of policy, technical and community development experts MBC is the result of effective multi\-organizational public-private partnerships. We are a collaborative network that models best practices of collective impact .

GUIDING VALUES

The Maine Broadband Coalition work is  guided by the following core beliefs:
 

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Affordable, reliable, high-quality broadband service is essential for the viability of communities across Maine

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Geography, demographics, and income should not determine access

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Success will require learning from past successes and failures using experimentation, innovation, and flexible approaches

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Strong community leadership is a precondition to public investments

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Broadband speed in rural areas should be comparable to speed in urban areas

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Scarce public resources must be deployed effectively to address needs and build enduring, advanced investments that encourage competition

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Private companies have an important role in developing and running broadband networks

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Market forces and private investment alone will not deliver universal broadband


 

WHAT WE DO

The Maine Broadband Coalition gives voice to internet users across the state to secure universal, affordable, and equitable access to broadband connectivity that serves both current and future needs.

Broadband/High Speed Internet is essential infrastructure for the long term well-being of Maine communities and businesses and quality of life for people across the state. It is vital to the state’s ability to advance:

 

  • Economic and community development  

  • Telehealth and aging in place

  • Education

  • Commerce

  • Civic and social engagement

  • Improved government services and delivery

 

OUR STRATEGY

 

Through collaboration and partnerships In its collaborative work, the Maine Broadband Coalition seeks to:

  • Give voice to users

  • Champion community-led solutions and innovation

  • Advance state of the art technology for rural Maine

  • Identify and facilitate strategic deployment of public and private funding with defined public benefit for public investments

  • Collaborate for statewide engagement and outcomes

  • Advocate for equity in access (high-quality broadband for all) AND affordability

  • Encourage open debate and discussion to arrive at informed solutions.


 

OUR INITIATIVES

ADVOCACY

We lead statewide and national engagement, education, and lobbying centered on the importance of expanded connectivity for all Maine residents. Users must have a strong voice in this work. 

COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING

We share information, resources, and knowledge to increase the ability of community leaders to understand, plan for, and implement broadband expansion and inclusion initiatives.

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