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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"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.