Shine the Light + Share the Love:
The success of an awarded grant represents a tremendous amount of work on many levels and should be celebrated as a collective win for each community and the state at large. With that, MCA is lucky to have the opportunity to shine a light and share the love with all who have contributed to the expansion of universal broadband throughout Franklin County.
On Thursday, May 18 we celebrated over six years of community-driven planning and resulting funding by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) and the Maine Connectivity Authority. As of December 2022 nine towns now have access to a fiber-to-the-home network! These include the entire Rangeley region,
and Chesterville, Farmington, Industry, New Sharon and Temple. A recent MCA award will now allow a fiber-to-the-home network to begin in Wilton. When completed in 2024, three quarters of Franklin County will have access to high-quality reliable broadband!
In partnership with the Greater Franklin Economic and Community Development, we are excited to bring together community, project partners, and key local leadership to enjoy refreshments from the Orange Cat Café in celebration of this collective effort and shine a light on the what’s next as Franklin County embarks on a two year digital equity partnership to ensure everyone can have the access, skills, and confidence they need to take advantage of these fiber investments. Partners include Franklin County Adult Education, Spruce Mountain Adult Education, and Greater Franklin Economic and Community Development.