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Great time of year to kick back a bit. Yes, we haven't been making as much public noise as usual but, we've been working behind the scenes.
After discussions with the Down Bay Coalition (Long Island and Cliff Island) and review of the buildable design provided by Axiom - we have gone out for bids.
Island Institute has been pivotal in guiding us. They are working up and down the coast, helping island communities assess and move forward towards better broadband.
So, we hope to have more information and numbers, in the coming weeks.
Please stay tuned - the next part of this effort is about to begin and - we'll need your help is working through these ideas.
Thanks very much for reading these -The Chebeague Island Broadband Committee
... we have much better internet than many other islands.
there are also some forward thinking people working very hard to bring better internet to Maine.
This organization is one of them.
We are pretty luck to have the level of service we do but we know the future will require more.
Here's an interesting illustration of the advantages internet can help students.
We are requesting Request for Proposals so we will meet next month, when they start to arrive.
Have a great Holiday Season!
Lots of us use clouds to store data.
It a good place to store and share things with your other devices and other people.
Well, the other day, Axiom's top notch Tech Support helped with a problem which might be gobbling (couldn't resist) your bandwidth.
In this example, when you arrive home with your cell phone or Tablet and new pictures, they will want to jump on to your computer. Then your computer will want to sync them to your cloud.
Or you use Dropbox or OneDrive or numerous other Cloud based storage sites and the same thing happens.
This activity happens in the "background" and you may notice slower bandwidth - when you're not actually "using" your computer.
There are utilities (Apple's Activity Monitor) which will show this happening in real time. (It's pretty exciting)
So......you may be receiving you're bandwidth, you just can't "see" it.
If you do have a computer gobbling up you bandwidth, you can either shut it down or temporarily shut off WiFi...while you finish your Netflix show ! Turn it back on when you go to bed and it will gobble up all the nocturnal bandwidth.
Many of us grew up with one phone company, one electric company and free TV.
Just think of the changes.
We now have more choices than ever.
How do we protect and expand those choices, in the future ?
Here's why one city chose a different option for their Broadband.
The Broadband Committee has received a preliminary Technical Design from Axiom.
This includes designs for Long and Cliff Island. We are exploring the possibility that combining efforts could improve the process and lower the cost,.
Now starts a process of questions and answers to fully understand the technical aspects.
They have proposed a fiber based infrastructure, which is the way everyone seems to be going.
We have maintained that this plan be - Equal for All- so that everyone gets equal service options.
Once this Technical Design is fined tuned, we'll send it out for bids.
We should have some updates at our next Committee meeting on Monday December 11th at The Hall.
In 2015, a government report on broadband was commissioned.
Here are some of the results
Broadband as Essential Infrastructure
Broadband provides numerous socio-economic benefits to American communities and citizens, including economic growth, improved educational opportunities, access to better healthcare, greater employment opportunities, and enhanced global competitiveness for American businesses.
Broadband also plays a significant role in economic development and growth. Research among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries shows that a 4 Mbps increase in household broadband speed is associated with a roughly 4 percent increase in household income. Similarly, academic research shows that businesses adopting broadband-based processes have seen increases in their employees’ labor productivity of an average 5 percent in the manufacturing sector and 10 percent in the services sector. From America’s urban centers to its rural plains, broadband helps create and build more dynamic communities by driving commerce, enriching education, enhancing healthcare, improving public safety, connecting communities, and sparking innovation.
Broadband is the essential foundation for our digital economy, which has created millions of new jobs in the United States. Digitally connected Americans are the modern workers, creative innovators, and new customers who will help sustain our nation’s global competitiveness. However, there are still a large number of Americans unable to access broadband at the speeds necessary to make full use of its benefits. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) datasets clearly demonstrate these significant gaps in access to broadband infrastructure:
- 39 percent of rural Americans (23 million people) lack access to fixed broadband.
- 10 percent of all Americans (34 million people) lack access to fixed broadband as currently defined by the FCC.7
- 41 percent of Americans living on tribal lands (1.6 million people) lack access to fixed
- Additionally, millions of U.S. households are not online. Data from NTIA’s July 2015 Computer and Internet Use Supplement to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey confirm this reality.
- In 2015, 33 million households (27 percent of all U.S. households) did not use the Internet at home, where families can more easily share Internet access and conduct sensitive online transactions privately.
- Significantly, 26 million households - one-fifth of all households - were entirely offline.