March 23, 2021
With new broadband funding, Maine officials hope to build 'future proof' network
Peggy Schaefer of ConnectMaine emphasized a future-proof solution for Maine's broadband issue. Maine is set to receive between $100-$120 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan to put towards broadband infrastructure and planning.
March 21, 2021
Maine map gap: Bad federal maps muddle route to better broadband
Though the federal government is taking steps to improve its maps, states like Maine are rushing to fill the gap in the meantime by gathering more information from a wide array of resources, including internet providers and private firms that have scooped up an array of data not publicly available.
February 8, 2021
Pandemic is stressing Maine’s internet speeds
Mainers returning to the state to work and live are finding it a challenge with the slower internet. Faster and more reliable technologies might not be available in certain areas or are not affordable.
February 2, 2021
Tell us how your broadband is faring during the pandemic
We want to hear about your experience with broadband and whether it was enough for your work, learning and play. Join the conversation by answering our survey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.