The requirement to raise millions of their own dollars to qualify for federal funding is blocking locally led broadband initiatives, town leaders say. Meanwhile, multi-state commercial internet service providers don’t have that problem.
Maine’s ambitious broadband expansion is creating demand for more workers to hang fiber. Women are increasingly responding to the opportunity.
When the pandemic hit, a digital equity center in Downeast Maine helped older residents learn how to use the internet to stay connected and informed. Now a national grant program will give them the chance to train more residents.