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Five Ways to Make Your Virtual Meetings More Effective

Governing

The pandemic has upended how we work and interact in the public and private sector. As the push to work-from-home increases, here are a few tips to maximize the productivity of your virtual meetings.

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ConnectMaine - Updated Grant Information

Maine Government

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.

Guide

Community Driven Broadband Process & Guide

The Island Institute

A step by step guide to help communities begin, manage, and implement broadband deployment

Webinar

Financial Modeling for Decision Makers

MERIT : Michigan Moonshot

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.

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MERIT Resource Page

MERIT

Through Merit, organizations have access to leading-edge network research, state and national collaborative initiatives and international peering.

Toolkit

Digital Inclusion Guidebooks

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

This Guidebook reflects lessons learned from six established community-wide digital inclusion coalitions

Podcast

Nick Battista of The Island Institute of Maine

Otelco

Nick Battista of the Island Institute discusses broadband challenges in rural communities and how they are responding to the current crisis.

Survey

State of Maine Social Distancing Broadband Impact Survey

Mission Broadband

Measure home broadband performance during the ongoing public health crisis in order to measure gaps in availability, inadequate performance and socioeconomic indicators

Guide

2020 State of Maine Broadband Action Plan

CONNECT Maine Authority

Calling for a $200 Million investment from The State over the next 5 years this action plan outlines key strategies, assumptions and needs to connect all Mainers.

Podcast

Broadband Progress in Maine

Maine Technology Users Group

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.

Guide

Intelligent Community Benchmarking Assistance

Blandin Foundation

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.

Guide

Maine West Regional Broadband Plan

Maine West

Maine West Regional Technology Plan and related Digital Inclusion & Workforce Plan to guide local and regional efforts to improve high speed internet connectivity in the Maine West region.

Article

Why rural Americans are having a hard time working from home

CNN

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.

Article

How does the CARES Act Connect Us

Benton Institute

A quick overview of the CARES act for broadband

Resource Library

2019 Maine Broadband Summit Materials

The Island Institute

Videos, links and materials from the 2019 Maine Broadband Summit

Report

CONNECT for Health Act 2019

Center for Connected Health Policy

Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technology

Guide

Measuring The Economic Impact of Broadband

Broadband USA

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:

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Old Maine Broadband Coalition Blogs

Legacy MBC Website

Archived MBC Website + Blogs

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