Rural broadband

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.

Rural Broadband

Dec 28, 2016
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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date 10/26); no calls will be taken.

We look at the challenges of getting broadband into rural Maine. A 2015 report shows that 22-percent of Maine’s population does not have access to high-speed internet.  We'll learn what the options are in getting broadband internet to rural Maine.

Guests:

Rural Broadband

Oct 26, 2016
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We look at the challenges of getting broadband into rural Maine. A 2015 report shows that 22-percent of Maine’s population does not have access to high-speed internet.  We'll learn what the options are in getting broadband internet to rural Maine.

Guests: