Savannah Maher
January 24, 2022

LISTEN: Millions of eligible Americans are missing out on broadband internet subsidies

About 30 million American households are missing out on the discount, according to Tyler Cooper with the research firm Broadband Now. “There’s such a large degree of households that are qualified but not taking advantage of the program,” Cooper said.

January 25, 2022

County seeks information for broadband initiatives

In an effort to expand broadband access for residents and businesses in Hancock County, County Commissioners have engaged Mission Broadband, a broadband consulting firm based in Bangor, to understand the towns’ broadband initiatives and to help county officials determine the best path forward

Andrew Butcher
January 23, 2022

Even with federal funding, broadband expansion requires local organizing

It may sound like a cliche at this point, but we are still in this together. The expansion of broadband across Maine will require a continued surge of community organizing to prepare for broadband expansion in local municipalities. Groups of school officials, small business owners, civic leaders, librarians, and community volunteers have the power to create momentum and consensus for action, as has been demonstrated in dozens of places across the state.

Chris Bouchard
January 21, 2022

Central Maine customers among those experiencing Redzone Wireless network-wide outage

The company wrote that the service interruption is due to a fiber issue. Redzone covers about 200 municipalities throughout Maine, with towns on the low end having 10% coverage and towns on the higher end having more than 85% coverage, according to the company website’s broadband locator.

Suzanne Carmichael
January 21, 2022

Opinion: How aging Mainers can bridge the digital divide

“Digital divide,” “digital literacy,” “digital equity” – buzzwords or meaningful concepts? And the answer is, envelope please, both. The terms are jargon, but they define a major problem, one that affects many older Mainers. There are folks who can access the internet and those who cannot (digital divide). There are people who don’t know how to get on or use the internet (the digital literacy component). And, in a perfect world, everyone would be able to access and use the internet (digital equity).

Stephen Betts
January 21, 2022

Report says regional municipal broadband utility is viable

Initial construction cost estimated at $15.8 million for the four core communities of Rockland, Camden, Rockport, and Thomaston.

Jessica Hall
January 19, 2022

Maine's new broadband leader says better internet access will be economic growth tool

Andrew Butcher, newly named president of the newly created Maine Connectivity Authority, sees broadband access as an economic development tool to help the future of the state and the livelihoods of its residents.

Megan Boswell
January 19, 2022

NTIA Official Says Rural Broadband Funds Do Not Disqualify Area from New Broadband Monies

The federal government agency charged with the task of doling out the $42.5 billion of broadband infrastructure funding hasn’t ruled out the idea of letting grant applicants use the money allocated to them from the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act to cover areas that will also be covered from grants given to projects from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

Valerie Royzman
January 19, 2022

Piscataquis commissioners prioritize county’s radio communications over broadband

Piscataquis County Commissioners expressed disappointment in a recent broadband study, reiterating that they would prioritize and dedicate American Rescue Plan funds to radio communications upgrades for the county’s emergency responders

January 18, 2022

Maine Connectivity Authority allocates $10 million to ConnectMaine

Combined with existing bond funds, $16 million is now available for local communities this spring — over four times more than ever before

January 17, 2022

Outer Reach Broadband Launches Internet Service Along Long Lake in Harrison and Naples

Outer Reach Broadband, a Maine-based internet service provider, announced today the launch of its internet service along Long Lake in the towns of Harrison and Naples. Utilizing cutting-edge LTE technology, Outer Reach is able to provide over 500 homes with high speed, reliable internet service. Monthly packages are currently available at $49.99.

Annie Ma
January 15, 2022

A digital divide haunts schools adapting to virus hurdles

Home internet access for students has improved since the onset of the pandemic with help from philanthropy, federal relief funding and other efforts – but obstacles linger, including a lack of devices, slow speeds and financial hurdles.

Zack Quaintance, Julia Edinger
January 13, 2022

What's New in Civic Tech: A Federal Digital Literacy Bill

The U.S. Congress has introduced a new bill that seeks to create a digital literacy and equity commission.

January 13, 2022

Mahoosuc broadband committee update

In September, the Woodstock, Greenwood, Bethel, and Newry boards of selectmen received a report and presentation from the Mahoosuc Community Broadband Committee and Casco Bay Advisors about the current state of high-speed internet service and strategies for expanding service to residents across the four towns, plus Gilead and Albany and Milton townships.

January 13, 2022

Nobleboro committee seeks broadband survey responses

Survey responses will aid the committee in identifying which areas in the community do not have access to high speed internet, and will assist committee members and town leaders in accessing the feasibility of making high speed internet available to homes, businesses and organizations in these under and unserved areas.

Caroline Tremblay
January 12, 2022

Broadband Funding: ‘It’s Like History Repeating Itself in a Good Way

In rural parts of New England, where many are unserved or underserved by monopoly providers, a variety of broadband models have taken shape even before now. Many more are predicted to gain momentum with this latest financial boost.

Bill Pearson
January 12, 2022

Boothbay resuming broadband expansion talks with Spectrum

Boothbay will resume its broadband expansion negotiations with Spectrum this week. Spectrum account manager Steven Holmes will update selectmen about the company’s “Community WiFi” initiative during the Jan. 12 selectmen’s meeting.

Emma Gautier
January 7, 2022

A Local Coalition Gets Organized to Bring Quality Connectivity to Maine’s Midcoast

Five small towns in rural Maine are connecting with one another in a steady grassroots effort to expand broadband access in the Midcoast. After conducting a survey which affirmed the towns’ acute need for better connectivity, a local coalition is navigating state funding and weighing network options.

Kevin Taglang
January 10, 2022

NTIA Wants to Hear from You About the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

On Friday, January 7 NTIA requested input from the public on how best to implement the provisions of the new law that represent the country's largest investments ever in broadband infrastructure and adoption.

Seth Cohen
January 9, 2022

High-tech & high-touch: The role of technology and empathy in advancing health equity

If you can achieve the right mix of high-tech, high-touch options, you’ve hit the sweet spot for improving equity and accessibility, patient engagement, health outcomes, loyalty, and profitability