The Future of Broadband: Community Goals, Municipal Ownership?
Internet services are increasingly seen as essential infrastructure that support new jobs, education, telehealth, aging in place – basically the economic and community health of our rural communities. What choices do towns and cities have in planning, financing, and operating the “hardware” and the services?
Jeff Christensen oversees R & D, business development and strategic partnerships at EntryPoint, and has helped develop a municipal utility in Ammon, Idaho and other communities. EntryPoint Networks provides a Network Management platform designed for municipal networks. Their automated open access platform separates broadband infrastructure from the services running over it to create a competitive and innovative marketplace of services.
This educational session is presented as part of the LCRPC’s ConnectME community planning process. In Maine, many towns and cities have partnered with existing internet service providers. How does public ownership differ – in terms of goals, operations, and municipal services – from other approaches.
In addition, Peggy Schaffer, Small Business Advocate with the Secretary of State’s Office and Maine Broadband Coalition coordinator, will provide an update on broadband legislation.