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You can help decide where Broadband Expansion funding goes in Maine

May 1, 2024

You can help decide where Broadband Expansion funding goes in Maine

Without more funding, nearly 100,000 Maine households will soon lose a federal internet subsidy

Apr 30, 2024

Without more funding, nearly 100,000 Maine households will soon lose a federal internet subsidy

The 'Affordable Connectivity Program' expires at the end of the month | Here's what enrolled Mainers should know

Apr 30, 2024

The 'Affordable Connectivity Program' expires at the end of the month | Here's what enrolled Mainers should know

Congress has yet to approve additional funding; all qualified households will lose their monthly internet bill discounts at the end of April, some in May.

Press Release: Maine Starts Challenge Process on Federal Data To Determine Where Broadband Dollars Will Go

Apr 29, 2024

Press Release: Maine Starts Challenge Process on Federal Data To Determine Where Broadband Dollars Will Go

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Partners With Nonprofits to Help Maine People Use Broadband

Apr 11, 2024

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Partners With Nonprofits to Help Maine People Use Broadband

Press Release: Two Grants Will Expand Access To Broadband in Fayette and Wilton

Apr 5, 2024

Press Release: Two Grants Will Expand Access To Broadband in Fayette and Wilton

Don’t make veterans wait to join the digital world

Mar 13, 2024

Don’t make veterans wait to join the digital world

Nonprofits aim to bridge digital divide in Maine's rural and island communities

Feb 29, 2024

Nonprofits aim to bridge digital divide in Maine's rural and island communities

Opinion: Immediate action needed to secure affordable internet in Maine

Feb 29, 2024

Opinion: Immediate action needed to secure affordable internet in Maine

High-speed internet is not a luxury for older Mainers, it is a necessity.

Bridging the Digital Divide: Maine's Affordable Connectivity Program Leads the Way

Feb 16, 2024

Bridging the Digital Divide: Maine's Affordable Connectivity Program Leads the Way

Maine Receives First Digital Equity Grant

Feb 16, 2024

Maine Receives First Digital Equity Grant

NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson announced the first recipient of the digital equity grant program

Maine's Digital Equity Plan first in the U.S. to be accepted by the federal government

Feb 15, 2024

Maine's Digital Equity Plan first in the U.S. to be accepted by the federal government

Press Release: Maine Leads Nation with First Plan To Close the Digital Divide

Feb 15, 2024

Press Release: Maine Leads Nation with First Plan To Close the Digital Divide

NTIA Press Release: Maine Becomes First State to Have Digital Equity Plan Accepted

Feb 15, 2024

NTIA Press Release: Maine Becomes First State to Have Digital Equity Plan Accepted

'The program is vital': Monthly internet discount helping 96k Maine households could end

Jan 26, 2024

'The program is vital': Monthly internet discount helping 96k Maine households could end

Broadband Infrastructure Program From 2021 Offers Early Signs of NTIA Public-Private Success

Jan 19, 2024

Broadband Infrastructure Program From 2021 Offers Early Signs of NTIA Public-Private Success

The $288 million program was a component of the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Consolidated Appropriations Act.

Great Diamond Island and Little Diamond Island get new fiber internet network from Fidium Fiber

Jan 10, 2024

Great Diamond Island and Little Diamond Island get new fiber internet network from Fidium Fiber

Fidium Fiber is now available to every home and business in previously unserved communities

100 laptops will get formerly unhoused online for job search

Dec 26, 2023

100 laptops will get formerly unhoused online for job search

Computers and internet access will be loaned out in a collaborative project aimed at overcoming a key obstacle to employment.

Orland awarded $1.9M broadband grant

Dec 26, 2023

Orland awarded $1.9M broadband grant

FirstLight Receives Federal Funds to Build More Maine Fiber

Dec 19, 2023

FirstLight Receives Federal Funds to Build More Maine Fiber

Funding will help provide Internet access to underserved communities in Western Maine

Washington County region takes steps to safeguard its future

Dec 16, 2023

Washington County region takes steps to safeguard its future

With a new executive director, the Greater East Grand Region is working to generate economic activity. High-speed broadband is one early strategy.

Grant program boosts high-speed fiber internet access to Skowhegan area residents, businesses

Dec 15, 2023

Grant program boosts high-speed fiber internet access to Skowhegan area residents, businesses

The upgraded service comes amid ongoing efforts — and an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars — to bring faster internet service to communities across Maine.

$36M in Maine Broadband Awards Go to Consolidated, Three Others

Dec 13, 2023

$36M in Maine Broadband Awards Go to Consolidated, Three Others

Maine Connectivity Authority Awards More Than $36 Million To Expand Internet Access

Dec 12, 2023

Maine Connectivity Authority Awards More Than $36 Million To Expand Internet Access

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Awards More Than $36M To Expand Internet Access

Dec 12, 2023

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Awards More Than $36M To Expand Internet Access

Expanding broadband must be priority for eastern Maine

Nov 20, 2023

Expanding broadband must be priority for eastern Maine

Lee Umphrey is the president and CEO of Eastern Maine Development Corp., which is responsible for developing a comprehensive economic development plan for eastern Maine.

Making Broadband Affordable

Nov 17, 2023

Making Broadband Affordable

It Takes All Kinds: Maine’s Diverse Broadband Programs

Nov 14, 2023

It Takes All Kinds: Maine’s Diverse Broadband Programs

Maine Connectivity Authority puts all options on the table to expand broadband in Maine

Nov 7, 2023

Maine Connectivity Authority puts all options on the table to expand broadband in Maine

White House wants $56 billion from Congress for disaster relief, child care and high-speed Internet

Oct 25, 2023

White House wants $56 billion from Congress for disaster relief, child care and high-speed Internet

Work on fiber-optic network for Brooks and Waldo set to begin in 2024

Oct 24, 2023

Work on fiber-optic network for Brooks and Waldo set to begin in 2024

Universal connectivity must be for all of Maine

Oct 22, 2023

Universal connectivity must be for all of Maine

Nicholas MacDonald is a lecturer of small business management at the University of Maine at Machias. He previously worked for Machias Savings Bank.

Letter: Extend critical internet connectivity funding

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

Letter from 32 U.S. Senators Calling for Extended ACP Funding

Oct 19, 2023

Letter from 32 U.S. Senators Calling for Extended ACP Funding

Including Senator Angus King

Mills Administration Marks Two Years of Workforce and Economic Investments by the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

Oct 18, 2023

Mills Administration Marks Two Years of Workforce and Economic Investments by the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

Congress can’t leave Mainers in the digital darkness

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.

Press Release: E-ACAM Will Help Fund TDS Fiber Upgrades in Maine

Oct 10, 2023

Press Release: E-ACAM Will Help Fund TDS Fiber Upgrades in Maine

Press Release: Broadband Affordability Program Reaches Thousands of Maine Families

Oct 9, 2023

Press Release: Broadband Affordability Program Reaches Thousands of Maine Families

More Households Are Eligible for a Benefit to Help Pay for Internet Service

Broadband expansion in Maine

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.

Letter to the editor: Congressional leaders must fund Affordable Connectivity Program

Sep 5, 2023

Letter to the editor: Congressional leaders must fund Affordable Connectivity Program

If it’s allowed to expire, it will threaten the connectivity of over 20 million American households enrolled in the program, including about 90,000 in Maine, as well as our rural broadband efforts.

Searsport news: High-speed internet access now available everywhere in Searsport!

Sep 4, 2023

Searsport news: High-speed internet access now available everywhere in Searsport!

Official Gig Town

Broadband subsidy program that millions use will expire next year if Congress doesn’t act

Aug 26, 2023

Broadband subsidy program that millions use will expire next year if Congress doesn’t act

One of the programs set up to ensure affordable internet for all is set to run out by the middle of 2024.

Southport Memorial Library receives digital equity grant funds

Aug 24, 2023

Southport Memorial Library receives digital equity grant funds

Julie Casson, right, Community Digital Planner, Coastal Maine Regional Broadband presents a check to Southport Memorial Library Director Jen Britton.

How the Maine Connectivity Authority is helping improve access to high-speed internet

Aug 22, 2023

How the Maine Connectivity Authority is helping improve access to high-speed internet

The Affordable Connectivity Program, ACP, will pay up to $75 per month for eligible households.

Maine Submitted its BEAD 5-Year Action Plan to the NTIA

Aug 18, 2023

Maine Submitted its BEAD 5-Year Action Plan to the NTIA

Maine is one of the first states to submit its plan to the NTIA, following Delaware.

Coastal Maine Regional Broadband gives Wiscasset Public Library $2K

Aug 18, 2023

Coastal Maine Regional Broadband gives Wiscasset Public Library $2K

Pamela Dunning, director of Wiscasset Public Library, receives the grant award from Julie Casson, community digital planner, Coastal Maine Regional Broadband.

Recent $272 million award to boost western Maine broadband initiatives

Aug 6, 2023

Recent $272 million award to boost western Maine broadband initiatives

This money will be leveraged by the Maine Connectivity Authority to incentivize internet service providers to expand into underserved areas in the state.

Expanding high-speed internet to Maine’s rural communities

Aug 2, 2023

Expanding high-speed internet to Maine’s rural communities

Broadband expansion in Jefferson may be model for other towns

Aug 2, 2023

Broadband expansion in Jefferson may be model for other towns

It's seen by the head of Maine's statewide broadband agency as an example of the kind of work needed in many parts of Maine to bring broadband to all.

Wilton votes to accept MCA grant

Jul 20, 2023

Wilton votes to accept MCA grant

With the acceptance of the MCA grant on Tuesday, July 18, the Select Board will be able to move forward with Matrix Design Group to bring high-speed internet to Wilton.

Our View: Major federal connectivity grant has to go a long way

Jul 13, 2023

Our View: Major federal connectivity grant has to go a long way

Reaching 94,000 Maine homes and businesses that currently have unreliable internet or none at all is but one piece of a tricky puzzle.

Broadband Funds Could Improve Mental Health Care in Rural ME

Jul 10, 2023

Broadband Funds Could Improve Mental Health Care in Rural ME

Internet training can help make broadband connections a reality

Jul 9, 2023

Internet training can help make broadband connections a reality

Press Release: Maine Receives ‘Transformational,’ ‘Historic’ Funding to Expand Access to Quality Internet

Jun 29, 2023

Press Release: Maine Receives ‘Transformational,’ ‘Historic’ Funding to Expand Access to Quality Internet

OPINIONS: Internet access for many may be at risk

Jun 28, 2023

OPINIONS: Internet access for many may be at risk

Rural states likely to benefit the most from funds to improve broadband access

Jun 28, 2023

Rural states likely to benefit the most from funds to improve broadband access

Maine will get $272 million in federal funds to expand broadband

Jun 27, 2023

Maine will get $272 million in federal funds to expand broadband

More than $42 billion has been allocated nationwide to expand high-speed internet access, and Maine's share is the largest of any state in New England.

$272M federal grant to expand broadband access will reshape internet access in Maine, officials say

Jun 26, 2023

$272M federal grant to expand broadband access will reshape internet access in Maine, officials say

'A tremendous opportunity:' Maine to get $272M for broadband expansion

Jun 26, 2023

'A tremendous opportunity:' Maine to get $272M for broadband expansion

Hundreds of millions of dollars coming to Maine to improve high speed internet

Jun 26, 2023

Hundreds of millions of dollars coming to Maine to improve high speed internet

Maine Receives $272 Million in Federal Funding to Expand Broadband

Jun 26, 2023

Maine Receives $272 Million in Federal Funding to Expand Broadband

The largest Federal investment Maine has ever received for broadband expansion is made possible by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will help Maine reach Governor Mills’ statewide connectivity goal

Two more communities joining Downeast Broadband Utility internet network

Jun 26, 2023

Two more communities joining Downeast Broadband Utility internet network

Princeton and Cooper will become part of the Washington County-based network, providing a needed and appreciated service.

Washington County will help launch National Digital Navigators Corps

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.

Maine Drafts a Five-Year Broadband Action Plan

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.

Hiding in Plain Site: Women Are Part of ‘Invisible’ Labor Market Building Maine’s Fiber Networks

Jun 21, 2023

Hiding in Plain Site: Women Are Part of ‘Invisible’ Labor Market Building Maine’s Fiber Networks

Maine’s ambitious broadband expansion is creating demand for more workers to hang fiber. Women are increasingly responding to the opportunity.

UScellular bringing low-cost, high-speed internet connectivity to Piscataquis and Somerset counties

Jun 20, 2023

UScellular bringing low-cost, high-speed internet connectivity to Piscataquis and Somerset counties

Maine Connectivity Authority unveils plan for broadband expansion

Jun 19, 2023

Maine Connectivity Authority unveils plan for broadband expansion

$930 million in grants announced in Biden’s effort to expand internet access to every home in the US

Jun 16, 2023

$930 million in grants announced in Biden’s effort to expand internet access to every home in the US

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Safer Communities Summit at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., on June 16.

Maine Delegation Announces More than $30 Million to Support Universal Broadband Access in Maine

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.

Press Release: Maine Awarded Major $30 Million Broadband Grant

Jun 16, 2023

Press Release: Maine Awarded Major $30 Million Broadband Grant

Competitive Award to Accelerate Access to Quality Internet

Maine's Vision of Digital Equity

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.

Maine wants to use $200 million to expand broadband access, starting where it’s needed most

Jun 14, 2023

Maine wants to use $200 million to expand broadband access, starting where it’s needed most

The state is deciding how to use federal funds for improving high-speed internet access, and wants public input on some of the priorities that have been identified so far.

How 8 States Are Using Line Extension Programs to Connect Unserved Residents to Broadband

Jun 12, 2023

How 8 States Are Using Line Extension Programs to Connect Unserved Residents to Broadband

Initiatives bridge the gaps from individual homes and businesses to existing networks

State Officials Highlight Discrepancies Between Updated FCC Map and Ground Truth

Jun 9, 2023

State Officials Highlight Discrepancies Between Updated FCC Map and Ground Truth

There are ‘locations where we know it is not possible to receive that level of service,’ said Maine’s broadband authority.

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Releases Draft 5-Year Broadband Action Plan for Feedback

Jun 9, 2023

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Releases Draft 5-Year Broadband Action Plan for Feedback

New Broadband Action Plan will guide the investment of $200+ million in federal funding for digital equity and infrastructure

What’s New in Digital Equity: Maine Shares Digital Equity Drafts

Jun 8, 2023

What’s New in Digital Equity: Maine Shares Digital Equity Drafts

Plus, Detroit’s parks are getting public Wi-Fi; the White House has launched invest.gov; New York continues to up enrollment in broadband program; and more.

How State Broadband Offices Are Using Initial Dollars from Capital Projects Fund

May 23, 2023

How State Broadband Offices Are Using Initial Dollars from Capital Projects Fund

First half of allocations going to wide variety of initiatives to expand high-speed internet access

Media Advisory: Maine Connectivity Authority Celebrates Broadband Expansion in Franklin County

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.

From the Island Institute: There’s “Wicked Fast Broadband on the Peninsula,” so now what?

May 17, 2023

From the Island Institute: There’s “Wicked Fast Broadband on the Peninsula,” so now what?

A regional victory and vision for highspeed internet access for all

Reach Me Grant will Help Expand Fiber to Unserved Areas in Six Towns

May 10, 2023

Reach Me Grant will Help Expand Fiber to Unserved Areas in Six Towns

The Maine Connectivity Authority launches Reach Me Line Extensions.

Media Advisory: Celebrate a Major Broadband Expansion Project with Pizza on the Peninsula!

May 8, 2023

Media Advisory: Celebrate a Major Broadband Expansion Project with Pizza on the Peninsula!

Maine Connectivity Authority launches new program to support broadband utility districts

May 6, 2023

Maine Connectivity Authority launches new program to support broadband utility districts

The Maine Connectivity Authority is launching a new program to provide targeted support to Broadband Utility Districts in Maine.

Maine’s First Ever Digital Equity Workshop Brought Together over 150 Stakeholders Throughout the State

May 4, 2023

Maine’s First Ever Digital Equity Workshop Brought Together over 150 Stakeholders Throughout the State

Digital Equity and Accessibility was the topic of the state’s first ever Digital Equity Workshop.

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Launches New Program to Support Broadband Utility Districts

May 2, 2023

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Launches New Program to Support Broadband Utility Districts

Broadband Utility Districts (BUDs) provide an ownership model that plays a critical role in helping enable regional scale impact for improved connectivity and digital equity in Maine.

There’s no one way to bring broadband to all of Maine

May 1, 2023

There’s no one way to bring broadband to all of Maine

MCA's President, Andrew Butcher's op-ed about how to offer balanced solutions to the goal of connecting all Mainers to reliable, high-speed internet by 2024.

Letter: Excited about future of broadband connectivity in Caribou

Apr 29, 2023

Letter: Excited about future of broadband connectivity in Caribou

Reach Me Line Extension awards in Caribou

TDS awarded more grant funding for Maine rural fiber broadband upgrades

Apr 26, 2023

TDS awarded more grant funding for Maine rural fiber broadband upgrades

The Maine Connectivity Authority awarded the new funding through its Reach Me program.

Press Release: New Grant Funding Expands Reliable Internet in 73 Maine Communities

Apr 24, 2023

Press Release: New Grant Funding Expands Reliable Internet in 73 Maine Communities

$20 Million ‘Reach Me’ Grants to be Matched by $13 Million in Private Investment

New grant funding expands reliable internet across Maine

Apr 24, 2023

New grant funding expands reliable internet across Maine

MCA announces Reach Me Line Extension program awards.

The U.S.’s $42.5 Billion High-Speed Internet Plan Hits a Snag: A Worker Shortage

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.”

Press Release: Maine Connectivity Authority Launches Statewide Initiative To Help Lower-Income Households Afford Reliable Internet

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.

Maine Connectivity Authority Launches Statewide Initiative To Help Lower-Income Households Afford Reliable Internet

Apr 20, 2023

Maine Connectivity Authority Launches Statewide Initiative To Help Lower-Income Households Afford Reliable Internet

The Mapping Dilemma: How Can States Ensure They Get The Best ‘Bang For Their Buck’?

Apr 20, 2023

The Mapping Dilemma: How Can States Ensure They Get The Best ‘Bang For Their Buck’?

MCA continues to grapple with mapping misalignments from the FCC and it relates to BEAD funding.

Maine Residents in Farmington and Blue Hill Peninsula Regions Can Now Get Multi-Gig Internet from Fidium Fiber

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

Maine’s rural landscape a catalyst for broadband deployment

Apr 12, 2023

Maine’s rural landscape a catalyst for broadband deployment

MCA's President, Andrew Butcher, names two key hurdles to broadband access in Maine: the sheer rurality of the state and, on a related note, community capacity to drive demand.

Digital Equity Planning Process Should Include Local Communities, Says NTIA Official

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.

Maine libraries become rural lifelines in telehealth transition

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.

Regional Utility Districts Can Help Fill Gaps in Broadband Service

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

Spectrum invests $82M in Maine to expand broadband internet

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.

How Will States Determine Unserved Areas for BEAD? Two States Told Us Their Plans

Mar 20, 2023

How Will States Determine Unserved Areas for BEAD? Two States Told Us Their Plans

MCA"s President, Andrew Butcher, explains mapping challenges related to BEAD funding.

Maine Leaders Discuss Whether Public Broadband Investments Should Support National Private Providers

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.

Regional coalitions seek public input on access to high-speed internet

Mar 15, 2023

Regional coalitions seek public input on access to high-speed internet

Regional and Tribal Broadband Partners, funded by MCA, work to ensure all voices are heard to inform the Broadband Action Plan by organizing in-person community listening sessions and focus groups.

Maine seeks input on how to spend $250M in federal broadband funds

Mar 15, 2023

Maine seeks input on how to spend $250M in federal broadband funds

MCA launches the Maine Broadband Survey to collect feedback which will inform the statewide Broadband Action Plan.

$17M grants to expand internet in Skowhegan, Canaan and 13 other locations

Mar 1, 2023

$17M grants to expand internet in Skowhegan, Canaan and 13 other locations

MCA Awards $8.8 million to Skowhegan and portions of Madison, Cornville, and Canaan through the Connect the Ready program.

Maine Connectivity Authority Board Response to Charter Communications Request

Feb 24, 2023

Maine Connectivity Authority Board Response to Charter Communications Request

At a recent MCA Board meeting, the Board of Directors discussed a recently drafted letter to Charter Communcations. The content is included below.

Over $10 million invested in broadband connectivity for several towns

Feb 16, 2023

Over $10 million invested in broadband connectivity for several towns

Maine Connectivity Authority and community members are celebrating more than 10-million dollars of investment for broadband expansion in Skowhegan, Madison, Cornville, and other communities.

Award of $8.8M means Skowhegan, surrounding towns to see high-speed internet service by next year

Feb 16, 2023

Award of $8.8M means Skowhegan, surrounding towns to see high-speed internet service by next year

The Maine Connectivity Authority has awarded the money to the towns through a partnership with Consolidated Communications.

Labor shortage could slow Maine’s broadband expansion

Feb 15, 2023

Labor shortage could slow Maine’s broadband expansion

A new report says Maine could soon face a shortage of as many as 4,400 workers in the industry, depending on how fast and extensively broadband access is expanded.

Study finds Maine needs at least 3,200 new workers to sustain existing broadband investments

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.

Capitalizing on the Moment: States Collaborate with Education Leaders on Digital Equity Plans

Feb 14, 2023

Capitalizing on the Moment: States Collaborate with Education Leaders on Digital Equity Plans

Direct Communications, Brooks, Waldo awarded $3 million broadband grant

Feb 9, 2023

Direct Communications, Brooks, Waldo awarded $3 million broadband grant

Direct Communications will install Fiber to the Premises, or direct fiber-optic connections, to 837 homes and businesses in these unserved areas.

Grants awarded to provide broadband in 31 communities

Jan 28, 2023

Grants awarded to provide broadband in 31 communities

Communities include Bancroft, Brookton, Danforth, Drew Plantation, Glenwood Plantation, Haynesville, Orient, Reed Plantation, and Weston.

Grants will bring high-speed internet to 16,000 homes and businesses in rural Maine

Jan 25, 2023

Grants will bring high-speed internet to 16,000 homes and businesses in rural Maine

Brookton and 10 surrounding communities will get high-speed broadband through an $8.1 million grant announced by the Maine Connectivity Authority this week.

$34M to boost broadband in 31 Maine communities

Jan 23, 2023

$34M to boost broadband in 31 Maine communities

The Maine Connectivity Authority announced more than $34 million in grant funding to expand broadband access in 31 communities across the state.

Local projects part of $34M awarded to expand broadband through Connect the Ready program

Jan 20, 2023

Local projects part of $34M awarded to expand broadband through Connect the Ready program

The Maine Connectivity Authority announced more than $34 million in grant funding to expand access to high-speed, reliable and affordable internet across Maine.

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

Jan 20, 2023

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

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

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.

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

Dec 20, 2022

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.

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

Dec 19, 2022

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Dec 13, 2022

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

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

Dec 13, 2022

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.

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

Dec 8, 2022

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

Officials announce grant to give internet for all Mainers

Dec 8, 2022

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.

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

Dec 8, 2022

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.

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

Dec 8, 2022

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.

Message to Mainers: Internet for All

Dec 8, 2022

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.

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

Dec 7, 2022

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.

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

Dec 6, 2022

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

Media Advisory: Maine Internet for All Announcement

Dec 2, 2022

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.

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

Nov 10, 2022

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

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

Oct 17, 2022

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

Maine’s broadband revolution requires cooperation

Aug 8, 2022

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.

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

Jul 26, 2022

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).

New agency pitches $150 million to stretch broadband across Maine

Jul 20, 2022

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.

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

Jul 19, 2022

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.

$110 Million Dollars to Expand Broadband in Rural Maine

Jul 19, 2022

$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.

Maine will receive $110 million for broadband expansion projects

Jul 14, 2022

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.

King Announces Historic $110 Million Investment in Maine Broadband

Jul 14, 2022

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

Maine Connectivity Authority announces $150M for broadband expansion

Jul 14, 2022

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.

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

Jul 14, 2022

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.

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

Jul 14, 2022

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.

Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $150 Million to Fund Broadband Expansion

Jul 14, 2022

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

Maine receives $100M in funding to expand rural broadband

Jul 14, 2022

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.

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

Jul 14, 2022

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.

Maine Connectivity Authority announces $150M for broadband expansion

Jul 14, 2022

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.

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

Jul 14, 2022

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.

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

Jul 14, 2022

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

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

Jul 14, 2022

$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.

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

Jul 7, 2022

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.

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

Jun 3, 2022

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.

MCA Seeks Assistance from Middle Mile Broadband Consultant

Jun 1, 2022

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.

MCA Announces New Jumpstart Connectivity Initiative

May 25, 2022

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.

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

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

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.

Stephenie MacLagan Named Broadband Impact Director at Maine Connectivity Authority

May 5, 2022

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.

ConnectMaine Broadband Grants Awarded

Apr 27, 2022

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

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

Apr 26, 2022

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.

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

Apr 12, 2022

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

David Wedick Named CFO of Maine Connectivity Authority

Mar 1, 2022

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

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

Feb 26, 2022

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

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

Feb 25, 2022

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.

Connectivity for everyone! ...What it means

Feb 17, 2022

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

ConnectMaine, Maine Connectivity Authority & Department of Transportation Collaborating

Feb 16, 2022

ConnectMaine, Maine Connectivity Authority & Department of Transportation Collaborating

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

ConnectMaine expands Community Broadband Planning Support

Feb 10, 2022

ConnectMaine expands Community Broadband Planning Support

ConnectMaine supports development of Broadband Utility Districts with resources and assistance

Maine Connectivity Authority Allocates $10 Million to ConnectMaine for Spring 2022 Grant Round

Jan 17, 2022

Maine Connectivity Authority Allocates $10 Million to ConnectMaine for Spring 2022 Grant Round

Combined with existing bond funds, $16 million now available for local communities this spring — over four times more than ever before

ConnectMaine Infrastructure Grants Window Open

Jan 12, 2022

ConnectMaine Infrastructure Grants Window Open

The ConnectMaine Authority announces an application window for broadband infrastructure grant

Broadband Funding: ‘It’s Like History Repeating Itself in a Good Way

Jan 12, 2022

Broadband Funding: ‘It’s Like History Repeating Itself in a Good Way

New England states prepare to invest millions of federal dollars to support broadband expansions.

Let’s resolve to make high-speed internet universal in Maine

Jan 7, 2022

Let’s resolve to make high-speed internet universal in Maine

In a world where online accessibility is more important than ever, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind

Governor Mills Swears In First President of the Maine Connectivity Authority

Jan 5, 2022

Governor Mills Swears In First President of the Maine Connectivity Authority

First President of Maine Connectivity Authority is official

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