A True Story of Broadband Bringing Two Rival Communities Together

Track: Business

Session Number: 1061
Date: Mon, Jun 1st, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

Description:

In the small rural communities of Baileyville, Maine and Calais, Maine, incumbents were not providing the level of service the people desired. These two communities have been at odds for years, but their desire to bring better broadband to their neighbors brought them together to form the first broadband utility in the state of Maine. They have now embarked on a journey to build an open access, dark fiber, network available to every home in each community.
Session Type: Breakout Session (45 minutes)

Learning Objective #1: Attendees will learn why Downeast Broadband Utility was formed and why they chose an open access, dark fiber model.
Learning Objective #2: Attendees will learn about how changes in government policy at the state PUC level impacted the construction of the Downeast Broadband Utility.
Intended Audience Level: Essentials/ Beginner
Stage of fiber deployment: Experienced
Session Type: Breakout Session (45 minutes)

Learning Objective #1: Attendees will learn why Downeast Broadband Utility was formed and why they chose an open access, dark fiber model.
Learning Objective #2: Attendees will learn about how changes in government policy at the state PUC level impacted the construction of the Downeast Broadband Utility.
Intended Audience Level: Essentials/ Beginner
Stage of fiber deployment: Experienced

Speakers

Presenter
Timothy McAfee
CEO
Pioneer Broadband