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Governor: Feds contribute $128M to high-speed internet

September 6, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing more than $128 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand broadband in Maine, Gov. Janet Mills said.

“This pandemic has laid bare the dire need for strong connectivity in every part of Maine, and this federal funding will be a tremendous boon to our efforts to expand affordable, high-speed internet across the state,” she said.

The money will be used by the Maine Connectivity Authority to bring affordable, high-speed broadband to more homes and businesses.

Earlier this year, Mills signed into law bipartisan legislation establishing the Maine Connectivity Authority, which is empowered to own physical broadband infrastructure, such as poles and wires, and to hold equity in broadband projects.

The authority also can provide grants and loans and partner with the private sector and local communities to leverage investment and coordinate buildout of infrastructure.