September 29, 2021
China Broadband Committee had a busy September
On Nov. 2, China voters will be asked to authorize – but not require – selectmen to obtain a $5.8 million bond, to be supplemented by grants, to build broadband infrastructure throughout the town.
September 24, 2021
Senator King Announces $1.6 Million to Maine Schools, Districts from American Rescue Plan To Shrink “Digital Divide”
First wave of funding from March legislation will help 23 schools and school districts improve access to devices and broadband connectivity for students.
September 23, 2021
VETRO Inc Partners with Tilson to Provide Integrated Consulting and Broadband Intelligence Platform Services
VETRO Inc., a software company delivering internet infrastructure intelligence™ through a unique mapping platform, announced today that it is collaborating with national network development and information infrastructure professional services firm Tilson, to deliver grants management and mapping services.
September 21, 2021
5 Waldo County towns are banding together to bring high-speed internet to their residents
A group of Waldo County residents is working to create an affordable broadband utility that every resident in Searsmont and four other towns should be able to access. The task force has been collecting data from residents and mapping the community’s level of current internet service, which members believe is low. Data indicate that 96 percent of Searsmont’s 70 miles of road are either underserved or not served at all by current internet service providers.
R. Dallon Adams
September 15, 2021
Cities and states with the fastest internet speeds
COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of high-speed internet access for remote workers and students learning online, but not all areas offer equal access to the internet.
September 15, 2021
Maine town still waiting for high-speed internet nearly two years after grant
Over the next year or so, Maine is expected to get more than $300 million from the federal government to bring high-speed internet service to every corner of the state. Right now in the neighboring towns of Arrowsic and Georgetown, the only internet they have is through the phone lines, which have limited speed and capacity.
September 12, 2021
Internet funding rule could favor rural areas over cities
Cities and urban counties across the U.S. are raising concerns that a recent rule from President Joe Biden's administration could preclude them from tapping into $350 billion of coronavirus relief aid to expand high-speed internet connections.
September 10, 2021
New Data Says More Communities Built Their Own Broadband Because of COVID
Frustrated by inferior service from powerful telecom giants, new data suggests more than a thousand U.S. communities have now built their own broadband networks. While the trend has been accelerating for years, experts say it took off during a pandemic that painfully demonstrated the country’s need for better, faster, and more affordable broadband.
September 6, 2021
Who is Starlink really for?
The boom in LEO satellites will probably change the lives of customers who’ve struggled for high-speed internet—but only if they can afford it.
September 3, 2021
Bring reliable, high-speed internet to all Mainers
During the COVID-19 pandemic, having reliable, high-speed internet has become more crucial than ever. The world has moved even more online, yet many Mainers are being left behind due to lack of infrastructure and walled out because of unaffordable rates.
September 3, 2021
Maine to receive $128 million in relief funds for broadband expansion
The U.S. Treasury Department is allocating more than $128 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for Maine’s effort to expand broadband internet service, U.S. Sen. Angus King’s office said Friday. King’s office said Maine is projected to receive even more from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act upon House passage, bringing the state’s total allocation to “hundreds of millions of dollars to increase affordable, high-speed broadband access statewide and narrow Maine’s digital divide.”
August 31, 2021
Rockport requests $750,000 from Knox County Commissioners for Broadband Pathway Project
The Rockport Select Board approved Aug. 30 an ARPA application requesting $750,000 from the Knox County Commissioners for the Rockport Broadband Pathway Project. The money would represent a 25-percent “seed money” contribution towards the $3 million build cost of Phase 1 of the project which aims to provide citizens of Knox county with high speed, fiber optic internet.
August 25, 2021
Digital divide: Gap is narrowing, but how will schools maintain progress?
As teachers develop lesson plans, they also face lingering questions, in Maine and nationally, over the possibility of a return to remote learning and concerns about ensuring all students have access to the devices and high-quality broadband they need to do classwork and homework.
August 23, 2021
Hampden asks voters to approve $4.5 million fiber optic network
Hampden town councilors voted 4 -3 to borrow $4.5 million to build a community fiber optic network that would reach every home and business in the Bangor bedroom community. At the public hearing, Ryder said that more than 600 residents and businesses have expressed interest in subscribing to the network.
Penobscot Bay Pilot Staff
August 23, 2021
Debra Hall Updates Camden Rotary Club on Community Broadband for the Midcoast
Why make high-speed internet available for everyone? Because, as Hall says, it is as essential as roads and electricity. Broadband with equally high download and upload speeds can help businesses retain current employees and attract new ones. Telecommuters need these capabilities too. So do telehealth providers, patients, students, educational institutions, and many other individuals and organizations.
August 20, 2021
More people have moved to Maine’s remote islands in the last decade
Many islands have been trying to boost the availability of broadband so residents have better access to online services, and so island businesses can conduct online sales. Meghan Grabill, data analyst for the Island Institute in Rockland, said that investments by some island communities in broadband seem to have helped boost their populations.
August 18, 2021
PCEDC working on economic development strategy, broadband planning
Earlier this year the PCEDC was awarded a $30,000 broadband planning grant from the ConnectMaine Authority for a study to identify specific broadband issues in the region. Having documentation in place would aid in applying for larger sources of funding to rectify identified issues.
August 16, 2021
Plans for a fiber optic broadband service throughout Bristol continues to make progress
Plans for the potential addition of fiber optic broadband to be connected throughout Bristol continue to march forward. Municipal broadband is in its infancy still in New England and places like Maine and Vermont are also considering similar projects.
August 15, 2021
Broadband advocates disappointed in Waldo County’s early plan for stimulus money
Waldo County officials plan to invest roughly $3 million in federal stimulus money in upgrades to emergency services infrastructure, disappointing broadband advocates in the region who were hopeful that more would be dedicated to investing in high-speed internet.
August 13, 2021
Broadband engineering study will be Caribou’s first ARP-funded project
The city of Caribou is funding an engineering study in its Business Investment Group’s years-long effort to bring broadband to every building in the city. Caribou, like the rest of Aroostook County, is underserved by broadband infrastructure. At an Aug. 9 meeting, city councilors unanimously approved a $159,000 expenditure from Caribou’s American Rescue Plan funds to fund the study.