BANGOR- City wide broadband was the topic of discussion at Bangor City Hall Monday afternoon.
In 2019, Bangor City officials began to work with Mission Broadband to create a strategic plan for a new state of the art broadband roadmap for Bangor and the surrounding area.
“What the challenges that we hear anecdotally ‘I don’t have broadband downtown or I don’t have broadband in my house, I have it and but it doesn’t work.’ So part of the idea and do the strategic plan is to actually talk to people to see what’s happening, give us some data that we could go back on and we can understand,” said John Dougherty, a spokesperson from Mission Broadband.
The data the mission broadband officials gathered to formulate their draft came from January, before the pandemic.
He added in March, city officials were just about to deliver this draft and begin discussions of the next steps when the COVID-19 pandemic consumed the city’s resources.
“What we wanted to come up with was that vision, what is the city of Bangor looking at from a vision and hear that from not only from Tanya and her team but other stakeholders as we call them in the project world but people within the community itself,” Dougherty said.
The plan is posted on the Bangor City Council website and focuses on the effects that expanded broadband would have on the city’s economic development, healthcare, public safety, education and more.
“This is presented to you as a draft plan because there are goals, there are opportunities and challenges in here. You may want to add, subtract, change based on feeling of the council in terms of what you want to pursue, but this then gives us some data, sort of an outline, a guide to move forward,” Bangor Community and Economic Development Director Tanya Emery said to city councilors during Monday’s meeting.
Emery also said the next steps for the city is to continue their pursuit of a robust broadband network for all residents and businesses.