Maine Communities Vote To Establish Regional Broadband Utility

Date: 17 Jun 2021 | posted in: agriculture, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Residents of three coastal Maine communities – Camden, Rockport, and Thomaston – have voted to support an interlocal agreement establishing the MidCoast Internet Development Corporation (MIDC), a nonprofit regional broadband utility in the Penobscot Bay Region of MidCoast Maine. The ultimate goal of MIDC is to build an open-access, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network to provide universal Internet access to improve connectivity and competition in the region.… Read More

Bar Harbor, Maine Considers Building Its Own Broadband Network After Big ISP Raises Prices Tenfold

Date: 15 Jan 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Charter has signaled that it will begin to charge Bar Harbor $45,000 a year for access via – a ten-fold increase over the $4,500/year the town currently pays. On December 15 the Town Council voted unanimously to place a $750,000 proposal to build their own institutional network onto the 2022 budget draft review.… Read More

Maine Asks Voters About New Funding for Internet Infrastructure

Date: 16 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In less than a month Maine will hold a Special Referendum election which includes a measure with significant ramifications for Internet access in the state. On July 14, Mainers will be asked to vote Yes or No on Question 1, a $15 million Internet Infrastructure Bond Issue designed to bring high-speed service to the approximately 85,000 households in unserved or underserved areas. The $15 million in general obligation bonds would join $30 million in matching federal, private, and local funds and go to ConnectME to provide funding for broadband projects with an emphasis on unserved or underserved areas.… Read More

Rural Internet Access a Top Issue in Maine Election

Date: 23 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Election Day draws near, voters in 36 states and three territories are set to choose governors. In Maine, gubernatorial candidates are making rural broadband a key issue. All four candidates agree that the state needs to be involved in some way, and each recently gave the Press Herald a summary of their plan to expand high-quality connectivity to constituents, if elected.… Read More

City Council in Maine Declares Internet Essential Infrastructure

Date: 24 Jul 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While smaller communities in Maine are laying plans to develop community broadband networks for high-quality Internet access, the state’s third largest city indicated a shift in how they view fiber optic connectivity. At a recent city council meeting, Bangor elected officials passed a resolution declaring, “Fiber and access to the Internet is an essential service in the City of Bangor, Maine.”… Read More

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