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Brenda Garrand, founder of Garrand & Co., is leaving the Portland-based marketing agency she started in 1989 in order to pursue other interests.
OTELCO announced that Richard A. Clark has been appointed president of the company, reporting to Rob Souza, CEO and director of the New Gloucester-based wireline telecommunications company.
How important is broadband connectivity to businesses and residents throughout Maine? A new statewide survey aims to find out. The Telecommunications Association of Maine has teamed up with Consolidated Communications and The Island Institute to
In the mid-1990s, internet connections, if available in Maine, were dial-up. A handful of internet service providers, like GWI, which began in 1994, were formed to provide local internet, which was then used mostly by businesses. Twenty-five years
Portland-based Tilson will be in a stronger position to offer its national client base a wider range of products, from 5G rollouts to cutting-edge “internet of things” technology services — thanks to a recent investment of $100 million.
Schaffer will lead the boradband agency after being a small-business advocate in the Maine secretary of state's office and co-chair of the Maine Broadband Coalition.
In today's world, cybersecurity is a hot-button issue that effects organizations large and small. Here are some tips on how to build a culture of cyber-defenders within your company.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has chosen ConnectME as one of eight initial partner states to broaden and update the national broadband availability map.
DownEast Wireless has launched Trailrunner Wireless, a fixed wireless broadband service making internet a reality in underserved downeast areas without the need for a fiber connection.
Plans for an innovation park at redeveloped Downs SCARBOROUGH — An 80-acre parcel will be set aside as an industrial and business park in the redevelopment of Scarborough Downs.
Organizations from York to Penobscot County will share $130,000 in grants awarded by the Maine Community Foundation to 11 communities to increase broadband access across Maine.
Redzone Wireless LLC announced completion of broadband networks in four towns across the state, and said plans to expand to another 25 towns in 2019 will be announced in January.
The town of Wiscasset and the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce are seeking input from residents and businesses on the quality and cost of current internet services and how they could benefit from expanded broadband.
Charter Communications Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CHTR) announcement Thursday that it's launching high-speed fiber cable throughout Maine also served as an opportunity to underscore the increased focus on better connectivity as an economic driver for the state.
The Passamaquoddy tribe at Indian Township is planning to build a state-of-the-art data center that is expected to create well-paying jobs and diversify the regional economy.
A major expansion is in the works to provide cell phone service in Stonington and eliminate dead spots or poor reception areas on Deer Isle.
Sen. Nathan Libby, D-Lewiston, is sponsoring a bill, LD 149, that would ask voters to approve a $250 million bond issue to ease student debt. Under Libby’s proposal, if voters approved, the $250 million bond would fund a program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to help pay off student loan debt for individuals who agree to live and work in Maine for five years. It also would reimburse employers that make student loan debt payments on behalf of their employees who agree to live and work in Maine for five years.
Andrea Cianchette Maker, a partner at Pierce Atwood, testified in support of the bill on behalf of Acadia Insurance and IDEXX Laboratories. Citing figures from the Project on Student Debt, Maker noted the average student loan indebtedness for Mainers is $31,364, which is 10th highest in the nation. In total, she said, Mainers owe more than $6 billion in student debt.
“If enacted, LD 149 could be a game-changer for our state,” Maker wrote. “It will significantly help Maine attract and retain a desperately needed future workforce by helping our workers get out from under college debt in an expedited manner. After that debt is paid, they will be fully engaged in Maine's economy and in a much better position to invest in their futures here in Maine, from buying a first home to raising a family.”
At its May 9 public hearing, the bill received support from Behavioral Health Community Collaborative, Maine Association of Realtors, Maine State Employees Association, AARP Maine, Finance Authority of Maine, Maine Tourism Association, Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a number of individuals who shared personal stories about how their student debt adversely affects their lives.
Of the 27 people testifying at the hearing, only a few opposed Libby’s bill outright — essentially saying the state’s resources are not unlimited and the bond would divert funding from other essential needs.
The fiscal statement attached to the bill indicates a 10-year $250 million bond would require another $65.3 million to pay off at a 4.75% interest rate, for a total cost of $315.3 million.