Grabbing the Digital Future: Islands explore ways to bring fast internet to boost economies, support health care and education and sustain population


Island Journal



Volume Number

VOL. 34




Many rural communities, including Maine islands, can't provide high-speed internet to their residents. This article explains the challenges many Maine island and coastal communities face when trying to live in a very internet-dependent world. In 2016 Islesboro approved a 3.8 million dollar bond to build a town owned fiber optic, high-speed internet network for the residents of the island. This is one just one of the communities developing their own solutions to the digital divide.


Malcolm Fernald, Islesford Artists Gallery, High-Speed Internet, Technology Challenges, Cranberry Isles, Slow Internet, Broadband Task Force, USDA Grant, Internet Speed, Maine Coastal Communities, Maine Island Communities, Island Life, Islanders, Island Institute, Briana Warner, Digital Divide, FCC, ConnectME Authority, Chellie Pingree, House Rural Broadband Caucus, The Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act, Economic Development, Health Care, Education, Employment, Small Business, Attracting Residents, Connectivity, Page Clason, Islesboro, Roger Heinen, Andrea Galuza, GWI, Arch Gillies, Roger Heinen, Tilson Technologies, Grants, Stephenie MacLagan, 3 Bridged Island Task Force, Fairpoint, Bill Cohen, Brooklin Broadband Committee, Mark Aukeman

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