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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 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 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

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

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 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

Jan 17, 2022

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

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

Jan 12, 2022

ConnectMaine Infrastructure Grants Window Open

ConnectMaine Infrastructure Grants Window Open

The ConnectMaine Authority announces an application window for broadband infrastructure grant

Jan 12, 2022

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

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.

Jan 7, 2022

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

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

Jan 5, 2022

Governor Mills Swears In First President of the Maine Connectivity Authority

Governor Mills Swears In First President of the Maine Connectivity Authority

First President of Maine Connectivity Authority is official

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