Oct 20, 2023
Letter: Extend critical internet connectivity funding
In this Aug. 22, 2023, file photo, Easton Town Clerk Cheryl Clark works at her desk at the Easton Town Office. Easton has just completed its expansion of the broadband interest services this year. Credit: Paul Bagnall / The Star-Herald
Oct 14, 2023
Congress can’t leave Mainers in the digital darkness
Myles Smith is the executive director of the Maine Broadband Coalition. The coalition includes regional economic development authorities, health and education providers, community leaders, and small- and medium-sized Internet Service Providers.
Sep 18, 2023
Broadband expansion in Maine
The head of the Maine Connectivity Authority discusses efforts to increase access to affordable and reliable high-speed internet throughout the state. We'll learn about efforts underway, funding sources, potential roadblocks, and the work being done beyond the wires to build out the internet and digital equity across the state.
Jun 24, 2023
Washington County will help launch National Digital Navigators Corps
When the pandemic hit, a digital equity center in Downeast Maine helped older residents learn how to use the internet to stay connected and informed. Now a national grant program will give them the chance to train more residents.
Jun 22, 2023
Maine Drafts a Five-Year Broadband Action Plan
All 50 states are currently working on Five-Year Action Plans for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. As they release draft plans, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is sharing summaries focused on how states define their broadband goals and priorities.
Jun 16, 2023
Maine Delegation Announces More than $30 Million to Support Universal Broadband Access in Maine
The delegation supported the bipartisan infrastructure law, which includes money for broadband expansion in Maine.
Senator Collins was a member of the core group of 10 Senators who negotiated the infrastructure package and led the broadband negotiation with Senator Shaheen; Grant program is based on King-led legislation to connect internet carriers to networks in underserved communities.
Jun 16, 2023
Maine's Vision of Digital Equity
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are currently working on digital equity plans. As they release draft plans seeking public feedback, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is sharing summaries focused on how states define their digital divides and their vision for reaching digital equity.
May 17, 2023
Media Advisory: Maine Connectivity Authority Celebrates Broadband Expansion in Franklin County
The Maine Connectivity Authority is joining community leaders in Franklin County to celebrate the completion of a nine-town broadband expansion project and a new grant award to Wilton to further expand broadband.
Apr 23, 2023
The U.S.’s $42.5 Billion High-Speed Internet Plan Hits a Snag: A Worker Shortage
“There are limited dollars, so we have to make choices,” says Andrew Butcher, president of the Maine Connectivity Authority. “If labor access is prohibitive or even if just geographic conditions are prohibitive, we absolutely are going to need to evaluate how to deploy alternative solutions.”
Apr 20, 2023
Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Launches Statewide Initiative To Help Lower-Income Households Afford Reliable Internet
A Coalition of Local Leaders and Community Partners Will Increase Awareness of Federal Program That Provides up to $30 per Month Toward High-Speed Home Internet.
Apr 12, 2023
Maine Residents in Farmington and Blue Hill Peninsula Regions Can Now Get Multi-Gig Internet from Fidium Fiber
MCA-funded projects in the Blue Hill Peninsula area come to completion with residents accessing Fidium Fiber in the coming weeks. This will culminate in the MCA event: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/shine-share-event-rsvp-blue-hill
Apr 6, 2023
Digital Equity Planning Process Should Include Local Communities, Says NTIA Official
Maine has opted to combine our digital equity and infrastructure planning, so digital equity will be woven throughout the plan being developed by MCA and will also result in a separate stand alone digital equity plan for the state for the first time. The digital equity components of the Broadband Action Plan will be guided by the Digital Equity Taskforce and supported by the Regional and Tribal Broadband Partners.
Apr 2, 2023
Maine libraries become rural lifelines in telehealth transition
Access to high-speed internet is not simply a modern luxury, but a way for people to access the resources they need. The Maine State Library's pilot telehealth program is one such example of how technology can support health equity. The Maine State Library system also partners with the MCA as part of our Digital Equity Task Force.
Mar 29, 2023
Regional Utility Districts Can Help Fill Gaps in Broadband Service
MCA continues to explore how we can support BUDs as a tool to getting high-speed internet to all Mainers. For more information, check out our webpage: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/buds
Mar 23, 2023
Spectrum invests $82M in Maine to expand broadband internet
MCA attended a press conference in Augusta where Charter Communications announced its investment of over $80 million into broadband across Maine. By supporting public-private partnerships that leverage local resources with private investment, we can continue to enable a thriving and competitive broadband market in Maine that can address our goals of universal, affordable connectivity for everyone as soon as possible.
Mar 20, 2023
Maine Leaders Discuss Whether Public Broadband Investments Should Support National Private Providers
MCA continues to balance its mission to connect as many households as possible with high-speed internet as possible, with the desire of some communities to develop and fund their own infrastructure projects.
Feb 14, 2023
Study finds Maine needs at least 3,200 new workers to sustain existing broadband investments
There's a new hurdle in the effort to expand broadband in Maine: a workforce shortage. A recent study suggests some 3,240 additional workers are needed for existing broadband investments across the state.
Dec 21, 2022
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 16, 2022
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
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.