Will Maine Create a $500 Municipal Broadband Fund?

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  • Govtech
  • 3 years ago


The state of Maine is firmly committed to municipal broadband — it just doesn’t want to pay for it. If Maine Gov. Paul LePage signs LD1185, the state will create a new fund that would endeavor to provide residents with a wider array of high-speed broadband providers in the coming years.

The fund would offer grants to research how municipalities might build open-access gigabit broadband networks, expanding competition in a rural state dominated by Time Warner Cable and Fairpoint Communications.

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