Monthly Archives: May 2018

Community Broadband Initiatives are Taking Root Around the Country

Community Broadband FIber Internet Construction

In Maine alone, dozens of towns, counties, and economic development entities are working in regional groups to plan for community broadband deployment. In many cases, the public private partnerships formed by these regional groups open the door to additional funding and resources. Individual communities across the US, including no less than 7 in Maine, have decided to invest their own resources to construct community broadband networks. Although no two implementation models are identical, many employ… Read more »

Broadband Infrastructure
How Can We Make It Happen?

Broadband Infrastructure

Last week we talked about broadband as infrastructure, now we’ll look at how one might facilitate broadband infrastructure. Around the US, States and Municipalities are trying to take broadband infrastructure matters into their own hands. Alabama and others are looking at tax incentives for providers to construct infrastructure to the least served areas. Other states like Maine offer matching grants for qualifying broadband infrastructure projects.  Several states, including Massachusetts, have used federal matching funds to… Read more »

Broadband as Infrastructure:
Is it any less critical than roads, bridges, and electricity?

National Infrastructure Week is just around the corner.  Yes, there actually is such a thing! From May 14th through the 21st, infrastructureweek.org  will celebrate its 6th National Infrastructure Week; bringing awareness to the need for the maintenance of existing, and construction of new infrastructure that will keep the wheels of progress turning. According to the organization, it’s #TimeToBuild! During the next 2 weeks we’ll look at how our country’s infrastructure developed and what we need… Read more »

Case Study:
How a school district stepped up safety and improved functionality with a hosted phone system

Hosted Phone System for MSAD 6

We often talk about how a hosted phone system benefits businesses, but what about a large school district? MSAD 6 is the third largest school system in Maine, serving the towns of Buxton, Hollis, Limington, Standish and Frye Island. Home of Bonny Eagle, the district is made up of 8 schools with 13 buildings, 3,650 students, 350 teachers and 300+ classrooms. In 2010, with a focus on flexibility and a goal of improving both communication… Read more »