January 12, 2021

Broadband mapping money in Mills' budget hailed by business, development leaders

Gov. Janet Mills' proposal to add $1.8 million to Maine's supplemental budget, earmarked for mapping and technical support, is being hailed by business and development leaders as necessary to help the state recover from the pandemic, as well as bolster the state's economic growth. The supplemental budget money will help pinpoint geographic areas in need of broadband access and technical assistance, which has become a focus of the Maine Broadband Coalition, a group of more than 100 business and organizations focused on broadband expansion and access. The proposal is part of…
December 30, 2020

Broadband expansion a challenge

SULLIVAN — The $900 billion coronavirus relief bill President Trump signed on Dec. 27 includes $7 billion to help expand broadband access. The funding, which includes a subsidy of up to $50…
The Ellsworth American
December 15, 2020

Broadband advocates ready to award projects with bond money

Maine voters in July approved a $15 million bond for broadband expansion projects, and the first proposals are expected next month.

Last month, the Mills administration awarded $5.6 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to connect more than 700 students and teachers in rural Maine with high-speed internet service to support…
Kennebec Journal
December 15, 2020

Maine Chamber of Commerce hosts webinar on future of rural broadband

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The Maine State Chamber of Commerce held a webinar today about the future of high-speed internet access. Government, civic, and industry leaders discussed the challenges and…
December 1, 2020

Economic recovery: State committee outlines plan for Maine's recovery from the pandemic

Just as pressing as the health concerns of the coronavirus pandemic are the economic concerns facing Maine. The Governor's Economic Recovery Committee has just rolled out its state action plan.…
Maine Calling
December 1, 2020

#GivingTuesday: Helping fishing families and foundations

This year, many fishermen and fishing cooperatives used social media to market directly to their communities as the traditional channels for seafood sales dried up with the closure of restaurants…
National Fisherman
November 18, 2020

Island Institute joins Dept. of Energy-led effort to bridge gaps in island energy resilience

ROCKLAND — The Island Institute is one of five organizations in the country recently awarded a contract for the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP), a new partnership sponsored by the…
Penobscot Bay Pilot
November 18, 2020

‘There will be a lasting impact’: How the pandemic magnified Maine’s digital divide

The success of remote learning greatly depends on a family’s access to the internet. It's estimated that tens of thousands of households lack internet access.

“My only concern is if we do go red [status] and we’re fully remote, can my internet keep up with all the computers working around the clock?” asked Amy McGee…
News Center Maine
October 25, 2020

Driving seemed inescapable until it wasn’t

Work commutes have declined during the pandemic, but Maine needs to log even fewer vehicle miles to meet the state's climate goals.

Ask experts about cutting vehicular emissions — the largest source of Maine’s greenhouse gas pollution — and you’re apt to hear how complex the task is. Finding ways to equitably transition from…
The Maine Monitor
October 15, 2020

DOE launches partnership initiative to strengthen remote and islanded communities’ energy resilience

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Program (ETIPP), a new partnership that will provide resources and access to on-the-ground support for remote and…
U.S. Department of Energy