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Defining standards for statewide broadband internet

Questions about how broad high-speed broadband internet needs to be.

Defining Standards For Statewide Broadband Internet

Maine broadband partners

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Business and government leaders agree Maine needs better, faster broadband internet service, although they don t agree what that actually means.

For the past two years there has been growing focus in local and state government on improving broadband speed, to help Maine compete with the rest of the country. Some Internet business owners said Maine was lagging behind the rest of the country and some other countries in terms of broadband speed and access. As a result, several towns and cities have invested in their own fiber optic networks to improve local internet speeds. Other communities

The state s Connect ME Authority last year adopted a new, higher speed standard for broadband.

Maine s standard is 10 megabyte downloads and 10MB uploads what s called symmetrical service. However, the federal standard, set by the FCC, is 25MB download and only 3MB upload. Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, says that difference has created confusion for businesses about what level of broadband service is really needed.

The State Chamber hosted a symposium in Augusta for business and government to learn more about the need for faster broadband, what is available now and what additional steps may be needed to provide high speed broadband statewide. They were told that service is widely available in the more populated areas, but that people in rural parts of the state are far less likely to have access to broadband, or to be able to afford the higher speed service. Rep.

Martin Grohman of Biddeford, who created and later sold the Correct Deck composite decking business, said broadband can be a crucial asset to growing business in Maine.

I think there is this if you build it they will come kind of element to it.

Broadband is the kind of thing that will attract businesses, said Grohman.