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Plan To Improve Broadband In Rural Maine Gets Approval

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate has signed off on a proposal to try to expand broadband coverage in rural parts of the state. The proposal from Democratic Sen. Shenna Bellows of Manchester would make changes to ConnectME, a public authority tasked with facilitating the availability of broadband.

One of the changes would require the authority to collect data annually from providers so it can better accomplish its goals. The changes to ConnectME would also change its planning grant structure to allow more flexibility.

The proposal passed the Senate Tuesday and will face votes in the Maine House of Representatives.