Reagan Haynes
August 12, 2020

Maine’s Growing Workforce Problem

Now, with a pandemic that has more high earners working from home than ever, Maine should take steps like increased broadband and a more competitive tax code to lure those individuals to the state, they wrote.

Opinion
August 12, 2020

James Scott: How can Maine expect to attract young workers without broadband?

As a remote worker, I was able to consider moving to rural Maine given that I can work anywhere with a high-speed internet connection. I have come to find out, however, that this address is coming up as “unserviceable” by both Spectrum and Consolidated Communications. We cannot seem to get an answer from either company on what it may cost to have the construction completed to have service extended to this address either. I find this very hard to believe as this is not an especially rural location.

Marissa Bodnar
August 11, 2020

I-Team: Lack of broadband in rural Maine is an even bigger problem during pandemic

Some residents in rural parts of Maine are struggling to work and learn from home during the pandemic due to the lack of high-speed internet.

Contributed
August 10, 2020

Maine must do more to recruit and retain young people

Every crisis is composed of danger and opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our nation’s economy in a manner not seen since the Great Depression, causing governments to take unprecedented action. But it also presents us with a choice.

Opinion
August 9, 2020

Emanuel Pariser: To make online learning work, broadband is only half the battle

In rural Maine, where people often live far from neighbors and friends, the COVID-19 pandemic has layered in new kinds of isolation. The impact on school children has been tough: the daily structure, social interaction and intellectual stimulation they get from school was upended overnight.

Tracy Scheckel – OTELCO / Maine Broadband Coalition Advisory Committee
August 4, 2020

Universal Internet Access for Maine - The Future Just Got Brighter

As the world is in the throes of a historic, albeit tragic COVID-19 pandemic, more than 76% of voters in Maine came together to create some history of their own and approved a $15 million broadband infrastructure bond to be administered by the ConnectMAINE Authority. This was a long time coming….

Emily Burnham
July 30, 2020

More Mainers and their towns have been forced to become tech-savvy during the pandemic

As more of life has shifted online during the pandemic, the struggle for many has been a lack of internet access or the lack of a computer or smartphone. Some 24,000 students, for example, were found this spring to lack the internet access they needed to participate in classes. As of 2017, 10.3 percent of Maine households — or more than 55,000 — didn’t have a computer or smartphone, and 17.3 percent lacked an internet connection, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Dustin Stephens
August 2, 2020

The great broadband divide: Living without high-speed internet access

For about half of Americans, high-speed internet - a modern necessity, especially now during the COVID pandemic - is either unavailable or unaffordable.

Contributed
July 25, 2020

We must close the connectivity gap to educate all students during pandemic

The current pandemic has revealed that broadband is the modern-day necessity. But for far too many families, lack of reliable internet is a daily reality that has turned into a learning crisis in the face of COVID-19 and distance learning.

Japhet Els
July 22, 2020

AARP OUTREACH: Three out of four Mainers vote for high speed internet access for all

“We cannot compete if we are not connected.” Jim Fisher was right: how can Maine expect to compete, to grow and expand, without being better connected to more customers, clients, consumers, and the rest of the world?

Contributed
July 21, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Thankful for Question 1 support, can’t have it both ways, no time to waste
July 21st, 2020

As a retired small business owner who once navigated an operation with 45 employees, I want to thank Maine voters for voting yes on Question 1 in the Maine state primary and investing in statewide affordable and accessible high-speed internet.

Edward D. Murphy
July 20, 2020

Bond measure approval will fuel state’s goal of expanding rural broadband

Voters approved a $15 million bond last week to push high-speed internet service into more low-density areas of Maine.

Maureen Milliken
July 16, 2020

Maine's Economic Recovery Committee calls for $1.1B investment, public health priority

Wednesday's report calls for $1.1 billion to shore up the economy, split between supporting Maine people, which includes education and housing; stabilizing businesses, which includes employer grants, workforce development and innovation capital; and building out the broadband infrastructure.

Victoria Antram
July 16, 2020

Maine voters approve bond measures for transportation and high-speed internet infrastructure

Maine Question 1 authorized $15 million in general obligation bonds for the ConnectME Authority to provide funding for high-speed internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas.

July 14, 2020

Mainers approve $120M in bonds for broadband, transportation

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers on Tuesday approved a pair of bond proposals for transportation improvement projects and to boost high-speed internet.

Staff
July 15, 2020

Mainers OK $120M in broadband, transportation bonds; Gideon to take on Collins

By vast margins, Maine voters on Tuesday approved two referendums that will result in $120 million of state borrowing to improve broadband internet access and transportation infrastructure.

Bangor Daily News
July 15, 2020

Untapped federal funds could help fill gap in Maine virus economic plan

Steve Ryan, executive director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, said he and the researchers talked about the need for long-term investments in Waldo County such as in high-speed internet and e-commerce platforms for companies that weren't prepared to become online businesses before the pandemic.

Slow rural internet "hampered our ability to respond to the virus," he said. The researchers also were concerned about the effects of a second wave of the virus, he said.

Caitlin Andrews
July 14, 2020

Maine voters overwhelmingly pass $120M in transportation, broadband borrowing

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed $120 million in bonds for transportation and broadband systems that have been stressed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Associated Press
July 14, 2020

Collins, Manchin Want Broadband Boost for Rural Libraries

A bipartisan pair of senators has called for a two-year, $160 million pilot program to purchase and distribute Internet-connected devices to libraries in low-income and rural areas.

Editorial
July 14, 2020

View from Away: Make internet access available to all

In Congress, both parties finally agree that the United States has fallen too far behind on providing high-speed internet and that action is necessary to connect millions of Americans.

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