On May 31, 2018, the Maine Broadband Coalition hosted a statewide broadband conference at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Organized by the Island Institute, the Maine Secretary of State's Office, GrowSmart Maine, and CEI, the event brought together both communities and national experts to share lessons learned to date, discuss new ways for solving challenges, and identify future policy needs to help ensure all Mainers are connected through high speed, reliable internet.

The conference featured a special afternoon keynote by U.S. Senator Angus King, as well as speaker presentations and panel discussions highlighting perspectives, best practices from the past two years of broadband planning efforts and community implementation, and the next frontier of policy issues that need to be addressed to truly bring broadband to our state.

Conference theme

"49th isn't good enough. How can we fix the right things?"

Keynote presentation by U.S. Senator Angus King

Senator Angus King will share his perspective as one of the leading members of the U.S. Senate focused on bringing broadband to rural America. Senator King has long been a proponent for using technology to bring digital equity to all of Maine, and he is working hard to help ensure that all Mainers have access to affordable broadband.

View Senator King's presentation here

Presentations and panel discussions

Community planning – Why is it worth the effort? 

  • Mia Purcell, Community Concepts (Maine West)
  • Mike Wilson, Northern Forest Center (Maine West)
  • Charlie Woodward, Greater Franklin Development Council
  • Thomas Kittredge, Belfast
  • Heather Johnson, ConnectME – Moderator
Listen to audio of the Community Planning panel discussion here.

Implementation – What's happening now

  • Lucy Van Hook, Our Katahdin
  • Julie Jordan, Downeast Broadband Utility
  • Stephenie MacLagan, Island Institute – Moderator
Listen to audio of the Implementation panel discussion here.

VETRO FiberMap

A brief overview of this innovative new FTTx network mapping platform designed specifically to meet the needs of small and mid-sized ISPs and community fiber networks. The platform offers users the opportunity to access and manage all of their critical data in one place and is secure, scalable, affordable, and easy to use.

Listen to audio of the VETRO FiberMap presentation here.

Community, Infrastructure, and Democratization

What are communities around the country doing to bring broadband to their citizens?

What happens when we separate broadband infrastructure from broadband services? 

What happens when we democratize funding? 

Listen to audio of the Community, Infrastructure, and Democratization panel discussion here.

Photo Gallery

View a PHOTO GALLERY from the 2018 Maine Broadband Coalition Conference here.

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