Last year we moved back to a tight new house dropped into the marine clay that once bore the largest of those farm buildings. In the winter we can see salt water through the leafless trees.
Yet for all the beauty of the surroundings, we still cherish connections to the world -- to family and friends, to institutions and businesses and information resources near and far. It is just so clear that fast, reliable and affordable links to the world at large are an important part of a rewarding life and a successful economy.
This blog is dedicated to following, summarizing and opining about the extension and enhancement of broadband data services in Maine. The structure of the blog will aid in my efforts to learn more about the issues and the technology. I hope that in the process of restating things to enhance my own understanding I will also provide a bit of insight for others interested in the same matters.
Among the topics I expect to follow in future posts:
- Roll-out of the Three-Ring Binder Project
- Activities of the Connect ME Authority
- Service enhancement/extension announcements of Maine ISPs
- Descriptions of key technologies
- Analysis and opinion, at time as idiosyncratic as all get out
- Links to sites of interest, relevant articles, etc.
Maine's economic future depends on several factors. High capacity, affordable communications services are not the only need. If we could institute some ideal and ubiquitous service tomorrow our economy and our people would not instantly become prosperous. In other words, broadband by itself is not a magic bullet. Rather, if our people, businesses and institutions fail to gain access to high quality connectivity, it will be a bullet to the heart of all other efforts to lift Maine into a better state. Ubiquitous broadband not one of several aspirational targets for economic development, but rather an admission ticket without which most of the other targets don't even come into view.
Should you choose to follow my reports and consider my opinions, welcome! If you think I have missed the mark, let me know. Over the next few weeks I will be enhancing the blog with the addition of one or more feedback and discussion options. Watch for them.
-- Karl Beiser