On Your Mark !

The Island Institute just sent our the Request for Proposal to numerous potential providers.

The proposal is for the Down Bay Technology Task Force. Chebeauge, Cliff and Long

First phase milestones

May 5 ...RFI issued

May 12 ...Questions from Respondents Due

May 26...Answers to Respondent Questions Posted

June 16 ...Deadline for the Task Force to Receive Responses 

Here is the introduction.

Dear Internet Service Providers and other interested firms:
The Down Bay Technology Task Force is seeking an engineered design for broadband infrastructure to serve three unbridged islands (Chebeague Island, Cliff Island, and Long Island) in Casco Bay, Maine. Attached you’ll find a Request for Information that will begin the process of finding internet service providers or other partnering firms who wish to design a broadband network. We hope you will respond to the RFI.
For a more stable year-round community, with great economic and social opportunities, to attract and retain young families, these islands have identified the need for a long-term broadband solution that will last for decades. Broadband will help support economic, telehealth, and education opportunities for our year-round population and also allow summer residents to stay on-island longer. Broadband will also improve municipal services including the ability to video conference and stream meetings, and to access training opportunities remotely.
We have obtained municipal and nonprofit funding, and we continue to investigate future sources of funding for a broadband project, at the private, local, county, state and federal levels. With a high quality of life, a thriving fishing industry, easy access to the Portland area, and great schools, we are well poised to achieve our goal of building a stable year-round community. Broadband will help us attract and retain young families who are already drawn by the way of life and wonderful communities on our islands.