AUGUSTA – Having access to broadband internet service can promote economic activity, but there are many areas of the state that still don’t have it.
That will change if lawmakers approve a plan under consideration in Augusta.
New legislation calls for launching a broadband initiative that would take stock of where Maine is now and what types of improvements need to be made to bring the service to the most rural areas.
It would allow people and businesses in those areas to connect with others throughout the world.
Senator Joyce Maker, R-Calais, said “Combining the low cost of housing in Eastport with the fabulous location and growing downtown. The only missing piece is competitive high speed internet.”
Owner of Designlab in Millinocket, John Hafford added “It really doesn’t matter where you are, if you have high speed internet.”
Maine is currently 49th in the nation when it comes to internet connectivity.
The legislation includes a $7 million price tag that would fund the “Broadband Authority,” an entity that would report back to the legislature with recommendations on how to bring our state up to speed in this new world of technology.