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"McKenney, Janet" <[log in to unmask]>
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McKenney, Janet
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:06:36 +0000
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Those of you who live in rural Maine and with patrons that have no access to affordable, high speed Internet, here is an opportunity to provide data to the ConnectME Authority. Please share with patrons and businesses in your community.

The ConnectME Authority is a public instrumentality of Maine state government whose mission is to facilitate the universal availability of broadband to all Maine households and businesses and help them understand the valuable role it can play in enriching their lives and helping their communities thrive.

AUGUSTA - The ConnectME Authority has set up an easy and straightforward way for Maine people to help identify specific areas in need of faster broadband service. Improving access to broadband is a key component of Governor Mills' plan to strengthen the foundation for sustained economic growth in every corner of Maine.

The State has some information regarding the accessible infrastructure, but is aware that the existing data isn't as accurate as it needs to be. Evaluating our broadband needs is the first step to solving them. We are hoping that residents, businesses and providers will help us update this list to ensure that we have captured all of the areas that do not have access to effective broadband service,  said Heather Johnson, Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). We believe that reaching out to communities can be one of the most effective ways for us to learn what capacity homes and businesses have access to.

Collecting more accurate information is one of the key elements to an effective expansion of broadband. ConnectME will use the additional data as leverage to help Maine improve its chances of accessing a portion of the more than $600 million the federal government has dedicated to broadband expansion efforts in the U.S.

To help test your internet speed and map your area for potentially faster service in the future, go to:
and follow the instructions.

Janet McKenney
Director, Library Development
Maine State Library
230 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333

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