Barry Hobbins
July 11, 2020

Maine public advocate: Vote ‘yes’ on 1 to invest in better broadband for rural Maine

Voting “yes” is a step in the right direction, though far more needs to be done to extend broadband across Maine, which state officials estimate will cost $150 million to $450 million. Maine’s rural broadband challenge requires a much larger effort, leveraging state and federal funds, plus private investment, to wire our far-flung communities. We can’t do this alone.

BDN Community
July 11, 2020

National Digital Equity Center expands to offer free statewide digital literacy classes online

The National Digital Equity Center is pleased to announce that it is now offering digital literacy and computer skills classes online statewide. Classes are free and cover a range of topics including For Work and Business, For Home and Education, and Aging Well with Technology. All classes are taught through live webinar sessions by local instructors, helping Maine’s underserved populations learn new skills and improve their computer software knowledge, ultimately with the intention of helping to close Maine’s digital divide.

Contributed
July 11, 2020

Saturday, July 11, 2020: Yes on Question 1, Gideon the leader that Maine needs, Gardner for House District 123

Telehealth, the delivery of medical services through video technology, has played a prominent role in our response to the COVID-19 crisis. In what has been called “the silver lining of the pandemic,” the nation saw visits by telehealth skyrocket. In Maine alone, Northern Light Health went from a couple hundred visits per month to over 36,000 appointments in April 2020. Providers, patients, and health systems have praised the convenience, ease, and efficacy of telehealth.

Letter to the Editor
July 11, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Vote to expand broadband access

Although most sectors of the economy have not done well during this crisis, there is one that has. Digital is the big winner. Expanding the digital transformation is essential to making sure that people and communities are not left out as we begin the recovery process.

Walter Riseman
July 9, 2020

Riseman: Support funding for Broadband upgrades

Despite our best efforts, the devastating effect of COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon. Are we prepared to deal with this on-going crisis? We need to do something now to be ready for an uncertain future. Can Broadband (high-speed Internet access) be part of a solution?

Contributed
July 7, 2020

Question 1 is a needed investment in education and equity

As the fabric of public life is stretched and tested by rapidly changing circumstances, it becomes ever more apparent where gaps are present and need to be filled. In the case of classroom teachers, filling gaps has meant adapting to remote learning by preparing new curriculum and providing alternative assignments, offering adaptive feedback and providing for social-emotional learning of students in new ways, through modular, sequential, synchronous and asynchronous means.

July 9, 2020

Vote yes on 1 to support the future of rural Maine

The internet is integrated into everything we do. It’s no longer something you log onto here and there, but a constant feature — a portal through which nearly every part of our lives is organized and operated.

Letters to the Editor
July 10, 2020

Letter to the editor: Lack of internet access is leaving rural Maine behind

Telehealth, the delivery of medical services through video technology, has played a prominent role in our response to the COVID-19 crisis. In Maine alone, Northern Light Health went from a couple hundred visits per month to over 36,000 in April.

Joshua Broder
July 10, 2020

Commentary: Better broadband access is mission critical for Maine’s economy

Vote ‘yes’ on 1 to put millions of dollars to work creating jobs, supporting students and helping businesses rebound and grow.

Letters to the Editor
July 8, 2020

YES on 1

If anything these days of Covid 19 have done, it has been to remind us of how important our online connections are. Sure, the internet is great. It's our source for news and email. But this time of pandemic and social distancing has sparked a deeper need for connection and has revealed some glaring disparities in our ability to access the world wide web. The explosion in the use of teleconferencing for businesses, for online doctor visits, and for kids getting their lessons online, has made it clear that improving our broadband infrastructure is critical to our future here in Western Maine.

Contributed
July 8, 2020

Vote yes on Question 1 to expand access to health care

Access to health care is something that should be available to everyone, that is a point which should not be up for debate. However, in Maine, given its large geographic footprint, that access is often impeded by where you live. This is a long-recognized problem and one that has been difficult to address.

Letters to the Editor
July 8, 2020

Every Mainer needs access to broadband

July is certainly an unusual time for an election, and this year is anything but business as usual for any of us. But Question 1 at the July 14 election here in Maine is very important to everyone: our young students, our working people, and our growing retiree population alike.

Letters to the Editor
July 8, 2020

Pass Question 1 to help Maine prosper

The COVID crisis has highlighted the importance of a reliable and affordable high-speed internet connection for individuals and small businesses in Maine.

Contributed
July 6, 2020

We need to plan now for the internet of today and tomorrow

A Middle Eastern proverb holds that the best time to have planted an orchard was 50 years ago. The second best time is now.

With the stay-in-place orders associated with COVID-19, we have experienced the inadequacies of our broadband service in rural Maine. High-speed internet is needed to educate our children. It is also how our businesses operate and how we contact our doctors. Unfortunately, too many students who do not have internet service at home are doing their schoolwork in libraries and businesses’ parking lots.

Leslie Morissette
July 5, 2020

Access to high speed internet is critical

Our mission is to provide free technology to children with cancer and other serious illnesses for educational purposes. Technology, including iPads, laptops, robots, and internet access, enables our children to continue their education during treatment while also remaining connected to family, friends and medical providers.

Opinion
July 3, 2020

Vote yes on bond questions to strengthen Maine’s economy

When was the last time you dodged a pothole or experienced a poor internet connection? My guess is within the last few days. Just recently, I talked with a constituent who cannot practice telehealth from her home in Ellsworth because of a poor connection. The reason for her call? Worrying about internet access for people she is trying to help who are homebound. Meanwhile, on the road front, we have a new coat of pavement on Oak Street and the Washington Junction Road, but these roads will need to be rebuilt soon enough along with others that are important regional connectors.

Pat Pinto
July 3, 2020

Mainers need high-speed internet

No matter where we live in Maine, and no matter our age, every Maine household should have access to high-speed internet.

Pat Pinto
July 3, 2020

Viewpoint: Every Maine household deserves high-speed internet

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to underscore the importance of high-speed internet in our state. Rural Maine’s struggle with connectivity has been going on for years, but with COVID-19, the true consequences of slow or no internet can no longer be ignored.

Pat Pinto
July 4, 2020

OP-ED: High-speed internet a must for Mainers of all ages

During the last few months, residents throughout Maine have voiced their frustration. Paul Armstrong’s small business in Palermo is foundering because the internet service in his area is practically non-existent. Ray Smith of Windham, an occupational therapist for children with developmental and physical challenges, now counsels his young clients by video chat due to COVID-19. He describes many of the sessions as “disastrous” because some of his clients have such poor internet service. A retired teacher from Lewiston, Joyce Bucciantini, laments the learning divide between those students who have high speed internet and those who do not. No matter where we live in Maine, and no matter our age, every Maine household should have access to high-speed internet.

The Editorial Board
July 5, 2020

Our View: A vote for Question 1 is a vote for the future of rural Maine

The internet is integrated into everything we do. It’s no longer something you log onto here and there, but a constant feature — a portal through which nearly every part of our lives is organized and operated.

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