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Rural Economic Development

Oct 19, 2017
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Broadcasting from Houlton High School:

What factors lead to the health or decline of rural towns in Maine? We learn about efforts to boost rural economies through education, greater access to services—from health care to broadband—and through smart use of the natural resources and assets that these communities already have.

Guests: Kristen Wells, former executive director, Aroostook Aspirations Initiative

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the U.S.
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The Microsoft Corporation is launching a new effort to improve internet access to rural households, and Maine will benefit with a pilot project that taps into unused television frequencies, known as white space, to beam internet service to those last-mile areas. Mark Oulette, president of Machias-based Axiom, says the work will build on his company’s recent effort to get that kind of service to some 40 households on the Passamaquoddy reservation at Indian Township.

He says some 20,000 rural Maine households lack internet service.

CAMDEN, Maine - A Camden-based internet service provider wants to fast-track development of broadband wireless networks in rural Maine in exchange for a five-year service commitment.

Expansion of broadband has been a hot topic in rural parts of Maine, where leaders say it is needed to grow business and access to education.

Now, Redzone Wireless says it has committed $1 million for a funding program for rural municipalities to increase high-speed internet. It calls the program "Fast for 5.''

Tom Porter / MPBN

SANFORD, Maine — Local business and municipal leaders are welcoming plans to build a major broadband network in this southern Maine city.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The ConnectMe Authority, the group charged with improving access in Maine to broadband services, is holding a series of public hearings this month on what it should include in its new three-year plan.

"We really want to hear how people are affected by not having access to broadband - you know, their ability, perhaps, to communicate with family and friends, not being able to work from home," says ConnectMe Authority Chair Jean Wilson.

Digital Maine

Jan 16, 2013

  A look at Maine's digital past and future. Representatives involved in the state's nationally recognized educational, cultural, and broadband infrastructure will join in the discussion.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Steve Bromage, Executive Director, Maine Historical Society

Linda Lord, Director, Maine State Library

Bette Manchester, president, Maine International Center for Digital Learning