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 .
The Maine Broadband Coalition work is guided by the following core beliefs:
Affordable, reliable, high-quality broadband service is essential for the viability of communities across Maine
Geography, demographics, and income should not determine access
Success will require learning from past successes and failures using experimentation, innovation, and flexible approaches
Strong community leadership is a precondition to public investments
Broadband speed in rural areas should be comparable to speed in urban areas
Scarce public resources must be deployed effectively to address needs and build enduring, advanced investments that encourage competition
Private companies have an important role in developing and running broadband networks
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
Civic and social engagement
Improved government services and delivery
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.
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.