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ConnectME Authority seeks public input on broadband access

Statewide -

STATEWIDE – Since January of last year, the ConnectME Authority has been awarded nearly $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding from the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to pursue a broadband mapping and planning project, creating the first comprehensive geographic inventory of high-speed Internet services statewide for use in identifying unserved and underserved areas and in planning expansion throughout the State. The ultimate goal of this effort is to help bring high speed internet access to all households and businesses throughout the state.

Surveys requesting input from both Maine residents and businesses will be mailed in January 2011. The purpose of these surveys is to solicit input about broadband/internet access: identifying the drivers and barriers to greater adoption in their respective geographic regions. Random samples of residents and businesses have been chosen to receive the surveys. The ConnectME Authority encourages all who receive the survey to fill it out and mail it back in the business reply envelope that is provided. Recipients of the printed survey will have the option to participate in the survey online, if preferred.

For more information, call 207 990 2774.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Liane Judd

Telephone Number: (207)990-2774

Website: http://www.maine.gov/connectme/

Email: judd@packardjudd.com