AUGUSTA – There’s another push in Augusta to expand high-speed internet access in Maine.
Lawmakers are considering making changes to the ConnectMe Authority to streamline the process communities go through to establish municipal broadband. It would also change the name to ConnectMaine.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester, said with Maine’s ongoing brain drain problem, high-speed internet access can attract more families to move here.
“Having universal high speed reliable internet is a key way to do that, because then people can work from home remotely, they can connect with a national, international economy. They are more likely to start their own businesses.”
She said this is not a funding bill but one that would lower barriers for implementing broadband, and it would also collect more data regarding which areas are under served.
A public hearing on the bill took place Tuesday.