Innovation, web entry options for rural Maine

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Innovation, internet access solutions for rural Maine


To the Editor:

One of many greatest challenges dealing with rural Maine is entry to the Web. As a substitute of placing Broadband on the state bank card with a bond and paying tens of millions of tax {dollars} in curiosity funds – the state of Maine ought to look to non-public funding. Permitting an open Web to flourish and the non-public sector to adapt and innovate will result in options for rural Maine’s Broadband drought and it gained’t value the tax payers a dime.

The Web is a necessity for on a regular basis life within the 21st century. Mainers in rural and concrete components of the state each profit from the brand new know-how that expanded broadband entry facilitates. This connective know-how stimulates financial development and new developments in practically each aspect of our lives.

Innovation thrives on competitors in a free market with non-public funding. Microsoft’s Airband Initiative with accomplice RTO Wi-fi is an answer born by way of such innovation and personal funding. These two corporations are utilizing empty TV channels to carry broadband web entry to shut to 300,000 folks in western Maine and neighboring New York State. Utilizing an empty ‘white area’ channel they can transmit a sign as much as 6 miles. It is a recreation changer for rural economies.

Authorities may by no means create an answer like this. Sadly, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat majority in Congress are working to impose stricter laws on the Web.  This heavy handed method will decelerate revolutionary options and can harm rural Maine.

An open Web is vital to our state and nation’s success. Just lately, Maine authorized new guidelines for telemedicine that can be an enormous profit to the well being of rural Mainers all through the state. Maine can’t afford to let Washington DC and Speaker Pelosi use their energy to take over the Web. We have to put Maine first and cease the over-regulation of the Web and permit the funding and innovation that may profit our state.

Consultant John Andrews

District 73

Buckfield, Hebron and Paris

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