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Jan 20, 2023

Press Release: $34 Million Awarded to Expand Broadband Through Connect the Ready Program

Press Release: $34 Million Awarded to Expand Broadband Through Connect the Ready Program

Maine Connectivity Authority Grants Support Expansion of Reliable,
High-Speed Internet in 31 Communities

Dec 21, 2022

Commentary: To secure the right federal funds for broadband, Maine needs the right mapping

Commentary: To secure the right federal funds for broadband, Maine needs the right mapping

Recently released federal broadband maps still miss some spots. The Maine Connectivity Authority's new tool allows members of the public to check if their home, camp or business is accurately recorded.

Dec 20, 2022

Maine Connectivity Authority announces $1 million for its Jumpstart Connectivity Initiative

Maine Connectivity Authority announces $1 million for its Jumpstart Connectivity Initiative

On Monday, Maine Connectivity Authority announced three awards totaling more than $1 million in funding for its Jumpstart Connectivity Initiative.

Dec 19, 2022

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $1M to help Jumpstart Connectivity in Hardest-to-Reach Communities

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $1M to help Jumpstart Connectivity in Hardest-to-Reach Communities

On Monday, the MCA announced three awards totaling more than $1 million in funding through the Jumpstart Connectivity Initiative

Dec 16, 2022

With access to reliable high-speed internet at stake, Mainers have a chance to ‘Correct the Dots’

With access to reliable high-speed internet at stake, Mainers have a chance to ‘Correct the Dots’

The Maine Connectivity Authority has launched a critical public education campaign called Correct the Dots, a call to action for individuals to check their addresses on new federal internet maps and to file a challenge if the information is incorrect.

Dec 13, 2022

Press Release: With Access to Reliable High-Speed Internet At Stake, Mainers Have a Chance to Correct the Dots

Press Release: With Access to Reliable High-Speed Internet At Stake, Mainers Have a Chance to Correct the Dots

The Maine Connectivity Authority has launched a critical public education campaign called Correct the Dots

Dec 13, 2022

Maine's broadband agency wants your help checking new federal access maps

Maine's broadband agency wants your help checking new federal access maps

Maine's broadband agency is asking residents to check the accuracy of federal coverage maps.

Dec 13, 2022

With federal broadband funds coming, the Maine Connectivity Authority looks to fill in coverage gaps

With federal broadband funds coming, the Maine Connectivity Authority looks to fill in coverage gaps

The Maine Connectivity Authority has launched a critical public education campaign called the Correct the Dots challenge that will help the Federal Communications Commission in gathering the most accurate information about broadband accessibility and quality across the state.

Dec 8, 2022

Officials announce grant to give internet for all Mainers

Officials announce grant to give internet for all Mainers

This money will go towards creating an action plan for the state to provide high-speed internet, targeting communities that would need such services.

Dec 8, 2022

Biden-Harris Administration Awards More Than $5.5 Million to Maine in ‘Internet for All’ Planning Grants

Biden-Harris Administration Awards More Than $5.5 Million to Maine in ‘Internet for All’ Planning Grants

Maine is receiving $5,542,222.32 in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Dec 8, 2022

Maine receives $5 million federal grant to help expand broadband access

Maine receives $5 million federal grant to help expand broadband access

The federal government is giving Maine a planning grant of more than $5 million to help communities plan how they want to expand broadband access.

Dec 8, 2022

Message to Mainers: Internet for All

Message to Mainers: Internet for All

Although it was a cloudy day in Waterville, an announcement made in one building promised to light the way to the future.

Dec 8, 2022

Maine to receive $5.5 million in federal money to expand internet access statewide

Maine to receive $5.5 million in federal money to expand internet access statewide

Maine becomes the first state to receive the funding as part of a federal push for broadband improvements meant to give every American access to high-speed internet service.

Dec 7, 2022

Maine to get $5M in federal funding to improve internet access

Maine to get $5M in federal funding to improve internet access

Gov. Janet Mills, along with state and federal officials, is expected to announce a $5 million award that will be used for high-speed internet access throughout Maine.

Dec 6, 2022

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $4 Million of Awards to 26 Communities, Regional and Tribal Groups

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $4 Million of Awards to 26 Communities, Regional and Tribal Groups

Competitive grant awards will provide technical assistance and organizational capacity

Dec 2, 2022

Media Advisory: Maine Internet for All Announcement

Media Advisory: Maine Internet for All Announcement

The announcement event is open to press and there will be an in-person press availability with federal and state officials.

Nov 10, 2022

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Convenes Key Partners to
Propose Open-Access Middle Mile Fiber Broadband Network

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Convenes Key Partners to
Propose Open-Access Middle Mile Fiber Broadband Network

$53 Million proposal for a 530-mile middle mile network submitted to
NTIA’s Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program

Oct 17, 2022

Maine Connectivity Authority Accepting Applications for $100 Million in Broadband Infrastructure Grants

Maine Connectivity Authority Accepting Applications for $100 Million in Broadband Infrastructure Grants

New connectivity programming part of statewide effort to reach the last mile, advance digital equity, and connect the places and partners ready for investment

Aug 8, 2022

Maine’s broadband revolution requires cooperation

Maine’s broadband revolution requires cooperation

We can no longer afford to perpetuate an inequitable existence between the haves and have-nots. Access to the internet is now a way of life, and those who are not connected need solutions as soon as possible. The path is still coming into focus, and the journey will not be without bumps, but we can get there from here.

Jul 26, 2022

Anti-Municipal Broadband Campaigns and Lessons from Maine | Episode 48 of the Connect This! Show

Anti-Municipal Broadband Campaigns and Lessons from Maine | Episode 48 of the Connect This! Show

Join us live on Thursday, July 28th, at 4pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell (ILSR) and Travis Carter (USI Fiber) will be joined by Peggy Schaffer (Director, ConnectME), Andrew Butcher (President, Maine Connectivity Authority), and Christa Thorpe (Community Development Officer, Island Institute).

Jul 20, 2022

New agency pitches $150 million to stretch broadband across Maine

New agency pitches $150 million to stretch broadband across Maine

The Maine Connectivity Authority has a goal to offer every home and business in Maine a high-speed internet connection by 2024.

Jul 19, 2022

Maine's plan to expand rural broadband access advances with market analysis

Maine's plan to expand rural broadband access advances with market analysis

A new program expected to bring high-speed internet connections to 22,500 households across Maine is taking a step forward with a market analysis of Maine’s broadband workforce.

Jul 19, 2022

$110 Million Dollars to Expand Broadband in Rural Maine

$110 Million Dollars to Expand Broadband in Rural Maine

The State of Maine will receive $110 million dollars of federal funds to expand broadband coverage.

Jul 14, 2022

Maine will receive $110M for high-speed internet access in rural areas

Maine will receive $110M for high-speed internet access in rural areas

Maine will receive $110 million in federal funds to provide high-speed internet access for remote locations in the state’s rural counties, federal officials announced Thursday morning.

Jul 14, 2022

King Announces Historic $110 Million Investment in Maine Broadband

King Announces Historic $110 Million Investment in Maine Broadband

Funding to serve 22,500 rural locations in Maine comes from American Rescue Plan Capital Projects Fund established by Senator King

Jul 14, 2022

Governor Mills Applauds Significant New Federal Investment to Expand Broadband in Maine

Governor Mills Applauds Significant New Federal Investment to Expand Broadband in Maine

$110 million awarded from American Rescue Plan will complement funding from Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to support work to achieve Governor’s 2024 Connectivity Goal

Jul 14, 2022

Maine to get $110 million to expand high-speed internet

Maine to get $110 million to expand high-speed internet

Starting this fall, the money is expected to be used on projects to reach rural areas.

Jul 14, 2022

Treasury Announces Four Additional Capital Projects Fund Awards to Increase Access to Affordable, High-Speed Internet

Treasury Announces Four Additional Capital Projects Fund Awards to Increase Access to Affordable, High-Speed Internet

Kansas, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota are approved to receive funds under the American Rescue Plan and will connect over 83,000 homes and businesses to affordable, high-speed internet.

Jul 14, 2022

Maine Connectivity Authority announces $150M for broadband expansion

Maine Connectivity Authority announces $150M for broadband expansion

Gov. Janet Mills reiterated that her goal is for high-speed internet connection to be available to everyone in Maine by the end of 2024.

Jul 14, 2022

Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $150 Million to Fund Broadband Expansion

Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $150 Million to Fund Broadband Expansion

New statewide connectivity programming will reach the last mile, promote digital equity, and ensure everyone who wants a connection can get one by the end of 2024

Jul 14, 2022

Maine receives $100M in funding to expand rural broadband

Maine receives $100M in funding to expand rural broadband

Maine will receive $100 million in federal funding to expand high-speed internet to people living in rural areas of the state, lawmakers said.

Jul 14, 2022

Federal funding could provide fast, reliable internet to thousands of Maine homes

Federal funding could provide fast, reliable internet to thousands of Maine homes

A $110 million federal investment could provide fast, reliable internet connections for more than 22,000 Maine households.

Jul 14, 2022

$110 million coming to Maine for increased access to broadband internet

$110 million coming to Maine for increased access to broadband internet

Senator Angus King is the co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus and helped secure this funding along with additional support in the bipartisan infrastructure law.

Jul 14, 2022

Maine will receive $110 million for broadband expansion projects

Maine will receive $110 million for broadband expansion projects

Maine will receive $110 million in federal funds to expand broadband to about 22,500 homes in the state.

Jul 14, 2022

Maine Connectivity Authority announces $150M for broadband expansion

Maine Connectivity Authority announces $150M for broadband expansion

Gov. Janet Mills reiterated that her goal is for high-speed internet connection to be available to everyone in Maine by the end of 2024.

Jul 7, 2022

Charter-funded group campaigns against Maine municipal broadband, riling residents and ‘partners’

Charter-funded group campaigns against Maine municipal broadband, riling residents and ‘partners’

A group funded by Maine's largest internet service provider has successfully helped defeat municipal broadband projects in the tiny communities of Readfield and Southport.

However, some of the organization's partners, including the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, are questioning the group's electioneering tactics that have offended some residents.

Jun 3, 2022

Competition and supply chain issues could stunt rural Maine’s broadband progress

Competition and supply chain issues could stunt rural Maine’s broadband progress

Maine has funded projects that will provide high-speed internet to tens of thousands of homes that lack it now, but stiff competition for federal funding and economic problems may slow progress down.

Jun 1, 2022

MCA Seeks Assistance from Middle Mile Broadband Consultant

MCA Seeks Assistance from Middle Mile Broadband Consultant

The MCA is in need of market and technology expertise to guide and facilitate projects from planning to deployment.

May 25, 2022

MCA Announces New Jumpstart Connectivity Initiative

MCA Announces New Jumpstart Connectivity Initiative

The initiative will provide funding for between 1 and 4 pilot projects with a total budget of up to $2M to provide accelerated low-cost internet access to the least served areas of the state.

May 5, 2022

Governor Mills, Senator King & Representative Pingree Announce $50 Million Homeowner Assistance Program to Help Maine People Hardest Hit by Pandemic Pay Their Mortgage, Utilities, Other Home Expenses

Governor Mills, Senator King & Representative Pingree Announce $50 Million Homeowner Assistance Program to Help Maine People Hardest Hit by Pandemic Pay Their Mortgage, Utilities, Other Home Expenses

The national program, authorized and funded through the American Rescue Plan, can be used by homeowners to pay home-related expenses including their mortgage, utilities, and property taxes.

May 5, 2022

Stephenie MacLagan Named Broadband Impact Director at Maine Connectivity Authority

Stephenie MacLagan Named Broadband Impact Director at Maine Connectivity Authority

MacLagan brings more than a decade of experience as a leader in sustainable community infrastructure projects in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Apr 27, 2022

ConnectMaine Broadband Grants Awarded

ConnectMaine Broadband Grants Awarded

The ConnectMaine Authority awards eight Broadband Infrastructure Grants to expand the availability of broadband service in the state, totaling about $15 million

Apr 26, 2022

PR Maven Podcast: Why Connectivity Is Important for Maine’s Future, With Andrew Butcher, President of the Maine Connectivity Authority

PR Maven Podcast: Why Connectivity Is Important for Maine’s Future, With Andrew Butcher, President of the Maine Connectivity Authority

In this episode, Andrew Butcher talks about the importance of connectivity for work, health and education.

Apr 12, 2022

Maggie Drummond-Bahl Named Strategic Partnership Director at Maine Connectivity Authority

Maggie Drummond-Bahl Named Strategic Partnership Director at Maine Connectivity Authority

Drummond-Bahl brings more than two decades of nonprofit experience to help achieve universal broadband access in Maine

Mar 1, 2022

David Wedick Named CFO of Maine Connectivity Authority

David Wedick Named CFO of Maine Connectivity Authority

Wedick brings decades of experience in diversified capital markets, economic development to help achieve universal broadband access in Maine

Feb 26, 2022

Senator King and Governor Mills Discuss Historic Investments Coming to Maine in February Podcast

Senator King and Governor Mills Discuss Historic Investments Coming to Maine in February Podcast

Senator King was joined by Governor Janet Mills and Maine Connectivity Authority’s Andrew Butcher to discuss benefits from the American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Feb 25, 2022

ConnectMaine awarded $28 million grant from NTIA for 15,000 locations

ConnectMaine awarded $28 million grant from NTIA for 15,000 locations

The ConnectMaine Authority and application partners were successful in applying for $28 million from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program.

Feb 17, 2022

Connectivity for everyone! ...What it means

Connectivity for everyone! ...What it means

Maine Connectivity Authority President addresses the Maine Broadband Coalition about the Governor's goal for connectivity included in her State of the State

Feb 16, 2022

ConnectMaine, Maine Connectivity Authority & Department of Transportation Collaborating

ConnectMaine, Maine Connectivity Authority & Department of Transportation Collaborating

Interagency collaboration to leverage last-mile, middle-mile and anchor equipment upgrades

Feb 10, 2022

ConnectMaine expands Community Broadband Planning Support

ConnectMaine expands Community Broadband Planning Support

ConnectMaine supports development of Broadband Utility Districts with resources and assistance

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