Please Email the Selectmen

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The Selectmen are presently discussing a warrant for Town Meeting.

Final language is not yet available but, if passed, it would set in motion our ability to seek Federal or State Funding. It will be discussed at this Wednesday’s meeting.

The town would commit money towards a “match” of possible funding.

If funding is not received, the town doesn’t have to spend the money.

We’re asking all taxpayers, whether voter or not, in support of expanding improved broadband for entire island, to contact, (email or write) to:

Board of Selectmen c/o Chairman Herb Maine, 192 North Rd, Chebeague Island, ME 04017

You can also click the button below to email all Selectmen

Thank you

Workshop Slides

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This is a short movie with all the slides from our January 26th Workshop.

While watching, you can click Pause if you need more time to read.

If you want to see the movie of the entire workshop - you can click the “Watch our Video Workshop”, at the top of this page.

Although there are details in the slides about the Axiom Proposal for full build out, the present discussions with the Board of Selectmen are only about -seeking funding through Federal or State Grants.

Please stay tuned for more on that.

As always, if you have any questions, please click here to email us.

Click here to view the slides

Selectmen • Broadband • bring a friend !

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Please attend this meeting if you can.

This Wednesday 10th, 6:00 at The Hall

The selectmen will be discussing a broadband proposal.

Here’s the agenda

They really need to know how you feel about it.

If you can’t make it - please email them by using the button Email all the Selectmen -at the top of this page.

This is an important meeting.

Thanks

The Broadband Committee

Just thinking

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Two things struck me this week.

One was arriving at Cousins on the 8AM ferry from Chebeague.

For reasons of age, I usually watch my feet very closely and don’t look up much.

But, I couldn’t help but notice about twenty trades people waiting to travel to the island.

The other was, thinking back to my early days as a Summer resident.

Our pubic transportation was Smitty’s lobster boat and the Cousins Island lot.

Its pretty easy to see that the island has changed a lot.

And, that it’s continuing to change, rapidly.

Some like it and some don’t.

Chebeague’s population is one of the oldest communities in Maine.

The Broadband Committee thinks that fast, reliable, modern internet is a great tool for the future.

Helping our incredible year round population regenerate and keep up with the rest of the world.

Allowing new families to move and possibly work here.

Please contact our selectmen and let them know how you feel about broadband.

What planet are you talking about ?

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The FCC has a website showing how fast they think your internet service is.

The reason it matters is because these numbers determine if a community qualifies for funding.

As you can see from Senator King’s letter, there is very little confidence that these numbers are accurate. They largely come for the Internet Providers. If you go on the FCC’s website, you can see they think all of Chebeauge gets equal service. And they think it is faster than many people get.

So, the important take away is that - the only real way to test speeds is from each house. Data that travels through old copper lines is subject to loss, depending on how far the signal has to travel and - how good the copper is.


Here’s the Press Release

Here’s the Press Release

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