Title

Browsing on the Back Roads

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

4-1-2014

Pages

34-39

Abstract

“Talk of Maine” piece talks about the perception that Maine has terrible Internet quality and accessibility and discusses why this might be so. Only 75% of the Maine households that have access to high-speed Internet actually sign up for service. The low demand reflects low income levels and a lack of digital literacy, according to Kate Carpenter, executive director of the Maine Technology Users Group. Wayne Jortner, senior counsel in the Maine Public Advocate’s Office, talks about the politics behind the regulation of broadband fiber networks and about the state’s outdated copper wire infrastructure. The Three Ring Binder project was an attempt to address this, constructing a network of fiber optic cable in western, northern, and eastern Maine.

Subjects

Internet (Computer network)

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