Regional Broadband Dialogues

Convening broadband stakeholders at a state, county and local level to enhance capacity for county governments to plan, coordinate, secure funding for and ultimately execute broadband projects.

Overview

This is a watershed moment for broadband strategic planning throughout Maine. With a significant infusion of federal funding for broadband now available through the recent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and various grant programs we have an unprecedented opportunity to advance broadband projects that align connectivity needs with education, health and economic development priorities.


The Maine Broadband Coalition, in collaboration with the Co-Hosts listed below, is leading an effort to convene broadband stakeholders at a state, county and local level to enhance capacity for county governments to plan, coordinate, secure funding for and ultimately execute broadband projects.  We anticipate this event to contribute to an ongoing series of dialogues.

Objectives
  1. To increase capability for regional coordination for broadband investments across multiple sectors amidst the infusion of federal recovery and stimulus funds. 

  2. To distribute capacity to localities to do the necessary planning, outreach, data collection and project development. 

Regional Broadband Dialogues "Kick-Off" Event

Friday, June 25 @ 9am

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Who Should Attend

County administrators;  emergency management agencies; Economic Development Districts; municipalities, utility districts, regional chambers of commerce, healthcare providers, and libraries; school boards / superintendents and institutions of higher learning, 

What To Expect

Highlights include:

  1. an overview of available broadband funding,

  2. why regional broadband planning is more important than ever,

  3. key considerations for effective multi-stakeholder regional planning, 

  4. guidance on effective planning and elements of regional standardization 

How To RSVP

Please complete the form here:  https://forms.gle/f47vrRHLJ4uouozv6 in addition to registering via zoom so we can make the most of your time and effort.  A zoom link will be provided to registered participants.

Agenda & Speakers

3 Part Focus:

  1. Overview of ARPA funding relevant to broadband and why multi-sectoral / regional broadband planning is so important

    • Peggy Schaffer, ConnectMaine​

    • Nick Battista, Island Institute

  2. Examples of regional efforts underway in Maine and lessons learned

    • Charlie Woodworth, Franklin County​

    • Mike Wilson & Mia Purcell, MaineWest

  3. Considerations for multi-sector engagement

    • Chris Hall, GPCOG​

    • Heather Perry, Superintendent of Gorham School District

    • Carlos Barrionuevo, Georgetown Broadband

    • Mary Ellen Barns, Lincoln County Planning Commission

Cohosts

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