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Coalition Urges Maine Voters To Approve $15 Million Internet Expansion Bond

A ballot committee comprised of business and non-profit groups is asking Maine voters to approve a $15 million bond to expand high-speed internet across the state.The coalition, called "Vote Yes on 1 for Better Internet," says the bond will be matched by another $30 million in funds from federal and local sources.

Josh Broder, the CEO of the technology management company Tilson, serves as co-chair of the state's economic recovery task committee. He says that investment is needed to support schools and small businesses in underserved communities as the state tries to recover from the effects of COVID-19.

"A lot of the recovery actions that we need take, and the stimulus to come, is still out in the hazy, distant future, with the national election potentially deciding the form and function of that federal support. So this is something we can do now, here, within our state, to take control of our own destiny."

The bond question will go before the voters in the state primary election July 14.