The Maine West Regional Broadband Technology Plan and recommendations for improving internet connectivity in northern Oxford County will be presented Monday, June 25, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in the Forum. Mark Ouellette and Susan Corbett with Axiom Technologies will be on hand to present the plan and answer questions.
Twenty plus towns and unorganized territories in Maine West — Oxford Hills, River Valley and Bethel area — participated in the broadband planning process. The Technology Plan prepared by Axiom includes a specific plan for each town that participated in the Maine West Broadband Initiative. The town specific plans are designed to address goals identified by each town for increasing internet connectivity and, in particular, supporting job creation, business attraction, expansion and retention, business start-ups, telemedicine and education.
The Technology Plan and accompanying Digital Inclusion and Regional Workforce Plan were funded with a broadband planning grant from the ConnectME Authority to the Northern Forest Center which coordinates the Maine West initiative. Community Concept Finance Corp. played a lead role coordinating community engagement across the region.
Maine West is a partnership of local and regional organizations dedicated to addressing systemic rural challenges and enhancing community well-being in western Maine through increased collaboration across the economic, education, health, and conservation sectors.
Maine West advances its mission through collaborative approaches that:
- Build relationship and social capital across all elements of the community;
- Advance tangible, multi-sector projects to deliver near-term benefits to people, communities, and the environment; and
- Build the capacity of partners and other area stakeholders to attract resources and implement projects that address persistent challenges and enhance long-term community well-being.
More information about Maine West can be found at http://www.mainewest.org/.
Axiom Technologies, headquartered in Machias, is a state and national leader in Digital Inclusion that drives Digital Literacy and Broadband Adoption for citizens and businesses. Axiom is also a telecommunications company that has been creating and developing solutions for rural broadband deployment since 2005.