Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 3, 2014

Date: 5 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“The Times, they are a-changin” quoted Chairman Wheeler this week in St. Paul. And with it, must come faster Internet speeds if the United States is going to keep up in the competitive economy. Multichannel’s John Eggerton reported on Wheeler’s … Read More

First Muni Fiber Net in Maine – Community Broadband Bits Episode 115

Date: 9 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By building a fiber line to allow some local businesses to get next-generation Internet access, Rockport became the first municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. Town Manager Richard Bates joins us for episode 115 of the Community Broadband … Read More

Rockport Builds Maine’s First Municipal Network

Date: 22 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rockport, a coastal town of just 3,300, became a statewide leader last month by launching Maine’s first municipal broadband network. Offering symmetrical gigabit speeds to businesses and residents, Rockport’s network is a carrier-neutral dark fiber system, with local private provider … Read More

Maine Needs Publicly Owned Broadband

Date: 27 Oct 2009 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Current providers won’t encourage the competition necessary to improve service and cut costs.

Last January, as the economy spiraled downward, Time Warner did what no other company could have gotten away with under the circumstances: It imposed a price increase of as much as 5.5 percent on its Maine customers.

Meanwhile, the state’s other major broadband Internet provider, FairPoint, has amassed a stunning track record of mismanagement and abysmal customer service.

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Maine Passes Law Requiring Economic Impact Studies of Big-Box Projects

Date: 18 Jun 2007 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Maine legislature has given its approval to a bill that requires cities and towns to evaluate the economic effects of large-scale retail development and to approve only those projects that will not have an adverse impact on jobs, local businesses, and municipal finances. The legislation is the first of its kind in the nation.… Read More

Weighing the Economic Impact of Big-Box Development

Date: 5 Apr 2007 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Many local officials would undoubtedly reconsider big-box projects if they knew that a new mega-store would eliminate more jobs than it creates, or that it would cost the city more in public services than it generates in tax revenue . But most cities do not assess the likely economic impacts of retail development. They assume that these stores expand the local economy and approve them blind to the potential costs. Legislation under consideration in Maine would remedy this by stipulating that cities may approve stores over 75,000 square feet only after an independent economic analysis is conducted.… Read More

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