Broadband Summit 1.0 – ConnectME Authority Sponsors Event

April 13, 2011

The ConnectME Authority’s duties include expanding the availability of broadband to residents, small business customers, education and enterprise consumers in unserved or underserved areas; continually assess the availability of and need for advanced communications technology infrastructure in unserved or underserved areas within the state; identify and secure federal and other funding sources for broadband or wireless deployment or education and identify opportunities for coordination among providers, consumers and state and local governmental entities, including coordination with the statewide emergency radio network. To that end, the ConnectME Authority sponsored Broadband Summit 1.0 on March 30th.

The event provided an excellent first venue for Maine’s ARRA broadband recipients to become more aware of the multiple federally funded projects underway in Maine, discuss opportunities and forge relationships to leverage our strengths and challenges moving forward and further understand ConnectME’s role in broadband expansion throughout the state. Focus areas of panels presenting included: expanding broadband access, spurring economic development, increasing adoption, advancing health information technology initiatives and educating citizens around broadband.

Information about the event, presentations and future direction can be located at the ConnectME Authority website.