AUGUSTA – Maine’s broadband action plan was unveiled Thursday.
Economic officials and those with ConnectMaine said there are more than 85,000 locations in Maine without broadband service.
The action plan focuses on public-private partnerships and filling in the gaps for under served communities.
“Connectivity isn’t a partisan issue. It is a lifeline for rural Maine. Connectivity allows small businesses to do basic functions like run credit card payments,” said Heather Johnson, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
Within five years, the goal is to get 95 percent of potential users access to at least one broadband provider.