Selectmen • Broadband • bring a friend !


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.


The Broadband Committee

Just thinking


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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"Hey - wait for me !"

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There is a lot of press recently about efforts to connect Rural America to the internet.

The big concern of rural areas is -that they are going to be left behind.

Many communities are unserved or “under” served. Even if they are connected, it isn’t fast enough for the future.

Federal and State governments are developing programs, to fund these efforts.

Click here to see the USDA Reconnect Community Tool Kit. (check out the first few pages).

But, the important thing is - in order to be considered for funding, the community has to be committed to the project.

Your selectmen need to know how you feel.

They are working on your behalf and need to know your priorities.

Voters, non voters, taxpayers, students, Summer residents. Please write to them.

Just click the button Email all the Selectmen, at the top of this page.

Broadband Workshop Jan. 26

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The following presentation is a recap of our recent workshop at the hall with 3 selectmen and a very engaged citizenry.

We really want to thank all that attended and hope others will be able to “attend” by watching this.

The Broadband Committee has worked for 2+ years through hundreds of hours. This is the best comprehensive expansion for technology available for our small island at a more than competitive cost.

We have provided throughout this effort our blog which has given the project transparency and provided an outlet for feedback and input.

We now face the hard part of trying to find funding. We'll continue to research and apply for any grants available. We are facing stiff competition for grants.

This will take commitment from us as a requirement to be considered.

As you’ll hear, Herb Maine,  Chair of the selectmen, has committed to exploring this through their capital budgeting process.

We cover a lot of topics

  • Cost to the town and taxpayer

  • Possibly funding sources

  • Monthly subscription costs and service benefits

  • Alternative Technologies

  • Future Uses of the internet

Thank you again for watching this.

Viewing Notes

  • Slides begin at about 4 minutes. Just talking until then.

  • Around 20:40 minutes there is a Correction - Fairpoint did not install fiber to the home. They have only suggested enhancing the present DSL system.

  • Around 50:00 there is a Correction -$300,000 is not the Median home price but rather an estimate that should capture Many island homes

  • The Basic Axiom 25 plan would be 2-5 times the speed of typical present average speed. It would be far more reliable and speed would not reduce in Summer.

  • If you have to pause the video - just note the time and pause. If you lose the connection, you can get back by clicking the button below and scroll forward to your time.

Email the Selectmen

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We had a great Broadband meeting last week with more than 50 people.

We recorded it and a movie will be available for online viewing.

We can’t thank enough, the people who attended and listened and laughed and spoke.

After two years of research, our committee has delivered a comprehensive plan for the Selectmen to discuss. There are still questions on details but here’s the thing.

In order for Chebeague to be considered for grants, the town has to demonstrate a commitment.

The Selectmen really need to hear from you. They are committed to discussing broadband but they really need to know what you think.

So, please speak to them or send an email.

You can click the button on the top of this page

It is really important

that they hear from you and

your feelings are represented.

Thank You

Broadband Workshop this Saturday 26th

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We look forward to hearing your thoughts on Broadband.

We’ve talked to a lot of people in the last two years and bottom line is -Chebeague needs your input !


  • Mark Ouellette - President of Axiom Technologies

  • Kendra Grindle - Island Institute Fellow

  • Chebeague Broadband Committee - Ron McKinnon, Bev Johnson, Chip Emery

  • Peter Rice -facilitator

  • Presentation will contain

    • Detailed costs

    • Funding opportunities

    • Next steps

    • Information on other communities and their efforts/concerns

    • Results of survey, Island Institute and outreach program

    • Future uses of the internet

  • Refreshments

  • Child Care provided

Starting at 9:00 AM Saturday 26th - at The Hall

We really hope to see you there for this very important issue !

Click here for our informational video which will help you better understand the discussions.

"the knee bones connected to the thigh bone"

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Download is when you pull data from the internet

Upload is when you push data back through the internet (boring technical stuff)

Have you ever noticed your internet suddenly slows when someone else comes to your house?

It might be that a cellphone or other device is trying to upload the pictures it just took.

And, with DSL, when another device is trying to upload - your download can drop drastically. No one seems to be able to explain why to us but it is a fact of life with our present DSL and copper lines.

Most of the time, people are downloading as in streaming a movie.

Uploading is usually small as they are emails etc.

But people who telecommute to their work from home - quite often need to upload large files.

So, not only can they NOT upload fast enough but it slows down everyone else in your house.

And - you guessed it - with FIBER that doesn’t happen.

Not only are the upload/download speeds faster but -they don’t affect each other.

That’s why they call fiber “symmetrical” (ok, enough of the boring stuff)