Editorial Board
January 18, 2021

Our View: In 2021, Maine should work toward universal internet access

A new statewide initiative is collecting information on where access is the worst. We should act on it as soon as possible.

Katahdin Broadband
January 18, 2021

Katahdin Broadband RFP for Construction and Network Operator Services

Katahdin Broadband, including the Towns of Millinocket, East Millinocket, and Medway, just released their Request for Proposal (RFP) for Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTP) construction and network operator.

Mainebiz Staff
January 12, 2021

Broadband mapping money in Mills' budget hailed by business, development leaders

An interactive map is helping to determine the state's broadband connectivity; Gov. Janet Mills has proposed $1.8 million in the state's supplemental budget to help the effort.

Adam Quinlan
January 7, 2021

Advancing Meaningful State Broadband Solutions Through New Federal Coronavirus Relief Funding

Adam Quinlan, Tilson's Manager of Broadband Consulting, provides expert analysis on the long-anticipated $900 billion coronavirus relief package.

Mainebiz Staff
January 7, 2021

AARP Maine eyes expanded broadband, worker-savings legislation

AARP Maine, headquartered in Portland, has worker savings and high-speed internet as top priorities for its 2021 legislative agenda.

Diane Atwood
December 28, 2020

The telehealth boom could reshape Maine health care long after COVID-19 goes away

With the drastic increase in telehealth usage since the start of COVID-19, reliable access to broadband becomes even more essential.

University of Maine System
December 30, 2020

Networkmaine, MDOE Upgrading 301 PreK-12 Schools to Gigabit Speeds

Networkmaine announces a partnership with the Maine Department of Education to upgrade network connections at 301 preK-12 schools across the state through the Maine School and Library Network (MSLN) project.

Peggy Schaffer
December 18, 2020

With Terrible Federal Broadband Data, States Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

A piece from Peggy Schaffer, executive director of ConnectMaine, talking about the importance of accurate data collection, how the FCC data falls short, and what states are doing to give power back to taxpayers through crowdsourced speed testing.

Meghan Grabill
December 4, 2020

Explaining and bridging Maine’s digital divide

The Island Institute's Meghan Grabill, Ph.D., writes about the obstacles to broadband access in Maine, including income, rural status, and age.

Pat Pinto
December 15, 2020

Letter: Time to do something about broadband in Maine

Tired of complaining about your internet? It’s time to do something about it! The Maine Broadband Coalition, in partnership with AARP Maine and others, has launched the “Get Up to Speed” initiative to aid broadband expansion efforts in Maine.

Lindsey Mills
December 8, 2020

Maine Broadband Coalition rolls out speed test and map to get a clearer picture of digital divide

When it comes to boosting broadband in the Pine Tree State everyone can play a role with just a few clicks.

Kevin Miller
December 7, 2020

Maine lawmakers tackle challenge of public access during pandemic

Committees plan to conduct many of their meetings virtually, at least initially, with opportunities for the public to either join by video conference or by phone.

November 25, 2020

Our 2020 Mainers to Be Thankful For

"In a year that's been trying like none before, we've also seen the best of humanity come out through kindness, bravery, innovation and determination." Read about the amazing things Mainers have done this year, featuring Broadband Advisory Committee member Susan Corbett.

Edward D. Murphy
November 24, 2020

Maine launches statewide internet speed test initiative

In addition to finding out their own upload and download speeds, participants will help the Maine Broadband Coalition identify slow spots where upgrades are needed.

Gabrielle Mannino
November 20, 2020

Mills announces nearly $6M to build internet infrastructure in rural Maine communities

Gov. Mills announced $5.6 million to fund the construction of permanent internet infrastructure that will bring high-speed broadband to students across rural Maine.

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.

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