OFFICE OF BALDEZ--Connect ME Authority Meets for First Time

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OFFICE OF BALDEZ--Connect ME Authority Meets for First Time

August 29, 2006
Governor's Office

CONTACT: Crystal Canney, 287-2531 (cell) 557-5968

Dan Cashman, 287-2531 (cell) 837-4821

AUGUSTA "“ Governor John E. Baldacci announced that the Connect ME Authority will be meeting for the first time Tuesday afternoon. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 1pm in the Transportation Committee room on the 1st Floor of the State House Building.

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Bruce Libby
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First item on agenda will be a group hug!!!!!

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Actually, it didn't involve a group hug. It was webcast on the State's website, although those who the Commission seek to serve couldn't hear it because their dial-up sucks so bad.

After setting a schedule of meetings, three people from small rural towns described how they were solving or attempting to solve the problem of broadband connectivity. Chebeague Island is starting their own wireless Internet "last mile" distribution company, Hermon is creating a Linux based central network where people dial into the school (but not the school T1) to share bandwidth, and Sebec is desperately seeking any help to get something going there.

If the Commission sticks to its apparent course of assisting local solutions, I think this approach has merit.

Interesting makeup on the committee (according to the press release mentioned above): "The five members on the Authority are: Jean Wilson of LL Bean; Mitch Davis of Bowdoin College; Dan Breton of Verizon [who chairs the Authority]; Kurt Adams, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission; and Dick Thompson, Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine."

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So this must coincide with the bad press Maine is getting nationally eh?

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Although the MCEP report wasn't mentioned in the meeting, I think it may be more than a coincidence.

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OFFICE OF BALDEZ--Connect ME Authority Meets for First Time

broadbandcensus.com
‘Connect ME’ is Maine’s Mantra For 90 Percent Broadband by 2010
Broadband Census Maine
By Drew Bennett, Special Correspondent, BroadbandCensus.com

This is the 14th of a series of articles surveying the state of broadband, and broadband data, within each of the United States and its territories. Among the next profiles: Nebraska, South Carolina and Virginia.

September 21 – In 2005, Gov. Baldacci announced the Connect Maine initiative and said...it would “ensure...90% of Maine communities have broadband access by 2010.”

The Connect ME authority is still the state’s smallest agency.

To close in on its broadband goal of 90% coverage by 2010, approximately 40,000 households needed to be reached. Connect ME estimates that it will have connected about 17,000 households through its two rounds of grants.

http://broadbandcensus.com/blog/?p=692

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