Daymond Steer
November 30, 2022

Group seeks to bring faster internet to MSAD 72 towns

Eastern Slopes Regional Broadband is seeking to bring much faster internet to Maine communities served by the MSAD 72 School District and to make that happen ESRB will need the public's cooperation in the coming months.

Karl Bode
November 18, 2022

The FCC’s new broadband maps are finally here—are they enough?

It's a first step in a long process.

Katya Maruri
November 18, 2022

The FCC Has Released Its Broadband Map — but Work Is Far from Over

In anticipation of the FCC releasing its new nationwide broadband maps today, Government Technology spoke with several industry experts to better understand how these maps will work and some of the challenges still ahead.

Bill Pearson
November 16, 2022

Boothbay Harbor is getting the (broad)band committee back together

Boothbay Harbor is learning about a proposal for a peninsula-wide internet cable network. During the Nov. 14 board meeting, Selectman Tricia Warren reported on a Nov. 3 meeting with Fidium Fiber, a Consolidated Communications subsidiary, about establishing a broadband network for unserved and underserved peninsula residents.

Jonathan Schwantes
November 17, 2022

Fight for Fair Internet: Consumer Reports white paper on broadband pricing

Consumer Reports (CR) launched the Fight for Fair Internet campaign to encourage policymakers and service providers to make broadband more accessible and affordable. This study was designed to shine a light on an important component of that goal: determining what consumers pay for internet service, and exactly what they get for their money.

Kimberly Adams
November 16, 2022

LISTEN: A critical update to the national broadband map is coming Friday

Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams spoke with Dustin Loup, program manager for the National Broadband Mapping Coalition, a digital advocacy group, about how the new map was developed, how the FCC will try to keep it updated and potential problems facing this updated version. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Carolyn Campbell
November 15, 2022

Remote Maine County Will Help Launch National Digital Navigators Corps

When the pandemic hit, a digital equity center in Down East Maine helped older residents learn how to use the internet to stay connected and informed. Now a national grant program will give them the chance to train more residents.

Stuart Hedstrom
November 14, 2022

Dexter moving forward with broadband initiative

The town is part of the dozen-plus member Maine Highlands Broadband Coalition, which was formed to deal with ongoing poor internet connectivity. The group is working to find funding services, and provider(s) to craft solutions to bring affordable and reliable internet to all residents and businesses in the area.

Renee Cordes
November 11, 2022

Maine broadband agency proposes 530-mile 'MOOSE Net' fiber network

The network would encompass 131 communities, representing over 11,000 unserved residents and local businesses. It will reach more than 200 community anchor institutions, including schools, hospitals, libraries, local government buildings, and civic centers.

November 10, 2022

11 towns in the Greater East Grand Region unanimously support a high-speed broadband solution for the region

After two years of community-based planning to expand high-speed broadband services across the Greater East Grand Region, seven municipalities and four communities in unorganized territories have come together to support Fidium Fiber’s grant application to Maine Connectivity Authority to build a 2G fiber network across the region. If the grant is awarded, the fiber network will be completed within 12 to 18 months.

Adrianne B. Furniss
November 8, 2022

Island Institute’s Rural Community Engagement Amplifies Maine’s Broadband Efforts

With a focus on developing resilient economies, this philanthropic institution works with community leaders to increase broadband expansion in rural areas.

Melissa Lizotte
November 3, 2022

Spectrum pressuring Caribou to abandon public broadband project

Spectrum has been working to influence councilors’ votes and citizen opinions through the Alliance for Quality Broadband Maine. In October, the Portland-based ad hoc group issued several advertisements that called the project “risky” and “wasteful” and criticized the multi-year timeline for constructing the dark fiber network.

Dan Lampariello
November 2, 2022

Georgetown finally connected to high-speed broadband

The community of Georgetown took it upon themselves to get connected and formally started connecting the first customers Wednesday.

Larra Clark and Michelle Frisque
November 1, 2022

Leveraging Libraries to Advance Digital Equity

America’s libraries have deep experience in meeting digital equity needs for people of all ages and backgrounds with unparalleled reach and trust across the nation.

October 31, 2022

Midcoast Internet Development Corporation moves forward

MIDC is preparing to submit a grant application to the Maine Connectivity Authority, requesting funding to build fiber internet infrastructure.

Pam Harnden
October 25, 2022

Adult learners to have greater access to computer courses

Greater Franklin Economic and Community Development in collaboration with adult education centers at Spruce Mountain and Franklin County, secured generous funding for a three-year pilot program to provide free and accessible computer courses for beginners through business owners, budding entrepreneurs, and anyone wanting to learn more about various computer programs.

October 25, 2022

Eastern Slopes Regional Broadband Committee meets to discuss financing

ESRB is a coalition of representatives from the seven towns in MSAD 72. The town include Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stoneham, Stow and Sweden, Maine.

Speaking to the gathering, Bennett was emphatic about the importance of the project for the future of the region. He called the project a “generational opportunity,” because the available funding is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get the needed financial support.

Jack M. Foley
October 24, 2022

Appleton’s fingers crossed for broadband bucks

After two prior failures at securing funds, the town’s hopes now rest on a window that just opened for a new round of federal grant money earmarked for creating and extending broadband service in Maine’s communities.

Chris Bouchard
October 25, 2022

Mount Vernon voters to weigh in on high-speed internet project

Voters will decide in November whether to bring high-speed internet to a town where officials say nearly a third of households have spotty internet coverage or no service access at all.

John Eggerton
October 20, 2022

FCC Denies Broadband Data-Confidentiality Requests

“The aim of the BDC is not only to provide this information to the Commission, but also to make such data available to the public for purposes of validating and challenging the accuracy of service providers’ submissions,” the FCC told the providers. Thus, giving the public access to how everyone determined where broadband was or wasn’t will “maximize the effectiveness” of that process.