Many communities in Greater Portland and the Lakes Region have begun the process of improving connectivity for residents and businesses. GPCOG is deploying two Resilience Corps fellows to work with the towns of Harrison, Naples, Standish and Sebago.
Here's what some cities and towns in our region are doing:
Bridgton participated in the MaineWest Broadband Bootcamp and is currently working with surrounding towns on a regional approach to expanding broadband.
The Broadband Committee is working to determine funding opportunities and prepare proposals. Learn more.
The Harrison Broadband Advisory Committee is identifying deficiencies in coverage, reporting information to residents and providing the Board of Selectmen with guidance for infrastructure investment. Learn more.
Long Island Broadband Exploratory Committee is working to bring "true broadband access" to the island. The committee has mailed out a survey to residents and property owners and has been meeting with the town's internet provider, Consolidated Communications Inc. about the possibility of installing fiber in the home systems on the island. Learn more.
To help understand the current level of service and how it needs to be improved, the Naples Broadband Committee is testing internet speeds and gathering information from residents and businesses. Learn more.
The Portland Broadband Planning Committee was formed in November 2020 to engage Casco Bay island residents in evaluating their collective interest in and needs related to broadband service. The committee will examine various broadband solutions and business models. It will also lead community education and engagement efforts to involve island residents in the development of one or multiple recommendations. Learn more.
The Sebago Broadband Committee is working to provide reliable, consistent affordable internet services to all. The committee includes residents and people involved in education, local government, the library and home businesses. Learn more.
Standish is working with surrounding towns on developing a regional approach to expanding broadband.
Raymond is working with Standish, Windham, and Gray to explore the possibility of bringing broadband internet service to the region. Learn more.