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ConnectME Authority moves forward with broadband mapping and planning

In January of this year, the ConnectME Authority received nearly $1.8 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 grant funds will facilitate a much more detailed and complete analysis of broadband than would have been possible with only the Authority’s modest resources. The grant amount is approximately $1.3 million for broadband data collection and mapping activities over a two-year period and nearly $440,000 for broadband planning activities over a five-year period in Maine, bringing the total grant award to nearly $1.8 million.

The Authority awarded James W. Sewall Company of Old Town, Maine, a three-year contract to map broadband service and availability for the entire state. The mapping project, funded in part by ConnectME Authority, will extend over three years, with the majority of the mapping to be completed in the first half of 2010 and a broadband availability map available by late fall 2010. Although, a supplemental NTIA grant award would extend the mapping project to five full years, with periodic updates. More


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