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Resources

The MCA has set a goal of broadband service being universally available, but Maine’s population isn’t dense enough for the private sector alone to expand broadband service. Along with limited state funding, public-private partnerships are required with involvement from the local level. The following resources are intended to be helpful to local community leaders and contribute to the expansion of broadband service statewide.

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Maine Broadband Coalition
Resources Page

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The Maine Jobs &
Recovery Plan

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Maine Digital Equity

and
Inclusion Asset Inventory 

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Community-Driven Broadband Process
(Island Institute)

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Planning a Community Broadband Roadmap (NTIA)

Mapping

Mapping broadband service helps customers know where broadband is available, and it helps grant applicants identify potentially unserved areas. There will be future opportunities to submit data or comment on the availability or lack of broadband service. Please visit our data collection web page for more information.

 

Get Up to Speed:

Take a speed test to understand your current service speeds, and help MCA use current data to inform investments. 

 

NTIA Map:

Indicators of Broadband Need shows the digital divide across the country and was released in June 2021.

Links

 

These external links lead to resources for community leaders:

Broadband Utility Districts

The Community Broadband Planning Support Program includes resources and assistance for communities that have chosen the operational structure of a Broadband Utility District in order to expand broadband service availability. ConnectMaine prioritizes assistance to communities that meet the following requirements:

  • At least four municipalities or local governments have undertaken the Community-Driven Broadband Planning Process;

  • Local government leaders have approved efforts to form a BUD; 

  • There's commitment that the BUD will take on the responsibility of digital equity and inclusion, including efforts to connect customers to the Affordable Connectivity Program or similar opportunities; and 

  • There's commitment to a broadband solution that will result in broadband service availability--service offerings will include 100mbps/100mbps at least.

 

Resources

State statutes allow organization and interlocal cooperation to establish a utility district for broadband services and issue revenue bonds
 

Assistance

For communities that have decided to establish and use a Broadband Utility District to expand broadband availability, ConnectMaine staff will coordinate outreach for technical assistance needed. 
 

 

Grants

The legal fees and other costs involved in establishing a Broadband Utility District are eligible project costs under ConnectMaine Community Broadband Planning Grants. ConnectMaine aims to ensure availability of Broadband Infrastructure Grants for BUD applicants. 
 

Links
Mapping
Districts
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