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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.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Connectivity Authority announced in a release Thursday that it is going “all in” on an effort to bring broadband internet to all Mainers.

This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury approved the MCA’s broadband expansion plan application and agreed to provide $110 million from the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF) to support MCA’s programs.

Combined with an anticipated $18.2 million from a second round of CPF funding and $21 million allocated from the Maine Jobs and Recovery Program, the funding represents a tenfold increase over any past investment in Maine’s broadband infrastructure.

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