Posts Tagged: Maine

The Digital Divide:
Bridging it through Coopetition

Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide is a challenge we all face.  As communication technologies advance at warp speed and everyday life becomes more dependent on the Internet, it is critical to ensure that everyone can access all that the Internet has to offer. Although we, as providers, continually strive to deliver reliable high-speed Internet access, it is also incumbent upon us to provide the tools that subscribers need to maximize the benefit of that connectivity.  To… Read more »

Broadband Day Features ConnectME Funded Broadband Projects in Maine

Shenna Bellows and Norm Higgins at Broadband Day

On Thursday, January 19th, several of Maine’s broadband providers and legislators gathered in the Hall of Flags in Augusta for Broadband Day.  The Connect ME Authority hosts Broadband Day annually to highlight broadband expansion in Maine’s un-served areas. This year, providers showcased broadband projects in Maine completed in the past year with ConnectME matching grants. Showing bipartisan support for broadband were Democrat Shenna Bellows of Manchester and Republican Norm Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft. Both highlighted the importance of broadband… Read more »

Rural Telehealth:
Another Broadband Conversation

telehealth-rural-doctor

We have discussed the importance of reliable Internet for rural telehealth and telemedicine.  Senate Bill 2873, the Expanding Connectivity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act further emphasizes the significance of reliable Internet. On November 28 the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill that aims to better integrate the Project ECHO model into health systems across the country. Subsequently, the House also passed the legislation, which is now in the hands of President Obama waiting for a signature…. Read more »

Economic Development: Business Service Providers Can Help

Economic development is a hot topic just about everywhere. Municipalities looking to increase their commercial tax base, existing businesses looking to increase traffic to their establishments, and service companies looking to expand their markets, all understand the benefits of building a sustainable and strong economic base from which everyone can benefit. Where economic development is concerned, rural areas around the country, where it’s costly to build infrastructure, lag behind metropolitan locales.  We’ve all heard plenty… Read more »

One Approach to Improving Digital Literacy

As people of all ages become more engaged with technology and the Internet-of-Things, Digital and Computer Literacy becomes more important. Many believe that the true capabilities of ‘the cloud’ and computer technology have barely been tapped. Even with some of the amazing technology we have at our fingertips today, we’re always looking for more. As communication providers we continually seek out Internet based products and services to better serve our subscribers. For the past few… Read more »