Broadband Planning Committee

The City of Portland Broadband Planning Committee was formed in November 2020 to engage Casco Bay island residents in evaluating their collective interest in and needs related to broadband service. The Committee included representatives from Cushing, Little Diamond, Great Diamond, and Peaks islands. Its work formally concluded in November 2021 with the issuance of a final report

Broadband Resources

Documents
Final Committee Report (PDF): An Overview of Island Broadband Access (November 2021)
Island Internet Survey (PDF): Results (September 2021)

Committee Meetings (Recorded)
Learning from Experience: Conversations with Little Island, Chebeague Island, and Cliff Island (February 22, 2021)
Conversations with Community Partners on Best Practices in Broadband Connectivity (March 29, 2021)
Conversations with Incumbent ISPs (April 26, 2021)
Conversations with Local ISPs (June 28, 2021)

Recapping Findings & Next Steps (November 5, 2021)

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Committee Background

The City of Portland Broadband Planning Committee was formed in November 2020 to engage Casco Bay island residents in evaluating their collective interest in and needs related to broadband service. Its work was funded in part by a grant from the ConnectMaine Authority.

Committee members include:
Peter Eckel (Peaks Island)
Nell Donaldson (City of Portland, Planning & Urban Development)
Scott Johnston (Little Diamond Island)
Bill Needelman (City of Portland, Housing & Economic Development)
Sidney (Pete) Thaxter (Cushing Island)
Dave Witting (Great Diamond Island)
Dave Farnham (Great Diamond Island)
Dena Libner (City of Portland, Chief of Staff)