Highway Broadband Utlization Study, Dig Once White Paper - March 13, 2013
- The purpose of the white paper is to provide policy recommendation of how to maximize broadband development throughout Maine using the state's major road corridors. This study analyzed Maine's primary controlled access highways, which include the Maine Turnpike, Interstate 295, and Interstate 95.
Additional opportunities were funded by the FCC through the original State Broadband Data and Development Program (SBDD). The ConnectME Authority carefully examined the opportunities available and submitted applications in two categories: broadband capacity building and technical assistance. The Authority has been awarded a total of $4.98 million over five years under the SBDD grant. The Authority administers the Broadband Capacity Building Project as well as the Technical Assistance Project.
A task force has been convened to create a Broadband Capacity Building Plan to be implemented throughout the state. Statistics and demographics collected through the planning portion of the SBDD Program have determined focus areas for the Broadband Capacity Building Project. The two initiatives will work together with the planning project, providing data and information to the broadband capacity building project.
The task force is developing a Broadband Capacity Building Plan to support broadband growth and adoption. In addition to using the broadband needs assessment (June 2011) and the broadband strategic plan (April 2012), the task force will utilize statewide conferences and meetings intended to both disseminate technical information about broadband availability and collect information relative to user needs and desires. Additionally, programs which currently exist to support broadband growth and adoption will be assessed. Included with this is the gathering of state and local capacity benchmark data to determine the success of the Broadband Capacity Building Project over time.
The Broadband Capacity Building Project will supplement the State of Maine's intent and systematic and consistent approach to planning regional and statewide asset-based community and economic development strategies. The Project will, among other things, help to stimulate the health of business in Maine and the Maine economy through:
- supporting broadband growth and adoption in the private sector, from which skilled workers and entrepreneurs who can live anywhere but want to live in Maine because of its distinctive quality of place can ; and
- increasing the quality and efficiency of health care service delivery.
Broadband Capacity Building Project
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