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Maine voters to decide $15M bond issue for broadband funding

July 09, 2020

Voters in Maine will consider a high-speed internet infrastructure bond issue on the July 14 ballot. The legislatively-referred measure would authorize $15 million in general obligation bonds for the Connect ME Authority to provide funding for high-speed internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas. The bond revenue would be used to match an estimated $30 million in federal, private, local and other funds.

Increasing broadband connectivity is part of Gov. Janet Mills’ 10-year economic development plan, released late last year. The plan notes that “Connectivity in rural communities enables talent attraction, innovation, skills upgrading, and access to a global economy.”

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