"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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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….
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.