Photo: Main Gov. John E. Baldacci

The ConnectME Authority has awarded six grants to expand broadband communications services to unserved areas in Maine. A total of more than $1.75 million was awarded to the recipients, expanding services to an estimated 12,500 residents. A list of the grantees is shown below, and they are fully listed on the ConnectME Authority's Web site.

Governor Baldacci, in conjunction with the Legislature, created the ConnectME initiative in 2006 to expand broadband throughout Maine.

"This second round of grants shows that the ConnectME initiative is spurring private investment in broadband and cellular service across Maine," said Baldacci. "These investments are enabling people in rural areas enhanced access to technology, transforming our state economy, and expanding business opportunities for more Mainers."

Grant applications were judged based on a number of criteria, including the projected percentage of households that would be served; the level of public-private partnerships created; the level of community support for the projects; and the financial viability of the projects. Generally, successful projects are to be completed within one year of receiving the grant funding.

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