Join Maine Conservation Voters at their Lunch & Learn with Nick Battista, Senior Policy Officer for the Island Institute, and chair of the ConnectMaine Authority Board, as they discuss the state of broadband connectivity in Maine and what you can do to help guarantee equal access across the state.
Why rural Americans are having a hard time working from home
Most rural US households don't have access to internet that is fast enough to learn or work remotely. Hard-working Americans share their experience with poor internet connectivity including Nancy Kennedy, a farmer in Washington, Maine who has been encouraged to shift her operations to online. These tasks require technologies that her bandwidth cannot handle.
Where we are, and strategies for making the case. In this webinar, MTUG features a legislative and programmatic update on broadband expansion in Maine from two of Maine’s frontline advocates, Peggy Schaffer of the ConnectME Authority and Nick Battista of the Island Institute, both of whom also serve on the advisory committee for the Maine Broadband Coalition.
Is your tech keeping pace? You can find out by using the benchmarking tool of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) which measures six inter-related indicators of a community’s competitiveness in the digital economy. The ICF benchmarking tool is used to measure progress against other communities and over time.
Infrastructure Grants - Expanding affordable broadband through creative solutions for affordable broadband service to the unserved areas of Maine and promote the policies of the State related to broadband service.
Community Broadband Planning Grants - Awarded to communities to produce plans that define local broadband needs, goals and encourages adoption of identified best practices by participating municipalities and organizations.
This presentation will explore the necessary components of a financial model, such as the inputs and outputs, along with the ways in which modeling might be used as a tool for business planning. Various financial models examples will be provided as real-world examples. Pitfalls and best practice guidelines will also be shared.
Understanding how to measure and communicate the benefits of broadband is critical to building support for efforts to expand connectivity and use. Join BroadbandUSA and leading U.S. researchers to discuss their research into the economic impact of broadband deployment and adoption in the United States. Speakers: