Maine has the opportunity to bring high-speed internet access to underserved and unserved communities of Maine. I urge our state legislators to support LD 1235, “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Connect Maine with a World-class Internet Infrastructure.”

High-speed internet helps older adults avoid isolation and helps them age in place, allows for telemedicine and digital commerce, and provides educational opportunities for children and adults alike. While this is essential across the country, it is especially so in Maine where much of the state is rural and coastal.

The current pandemic has demonstrated the immediate shortcomings of our existing infrastructure. Let’s remember, though, that high-speed internet should be accessible and affordable all the time in every Maine city and town. If we’ve learned nothing else from the pandemic, connectivity is critical. Our current infrastructure deprives Mainers of all ages the ability to stay connected to loved ones, to enjoy educational opportunities, to access health care, and so much more.

I encourage people to join me in asking our state legislators to support LD 1235. This legislation will help build and expand high-speed internet infrastructure to Maine’s communities. There is no better time to bring this much-needed connectivity to our neighbors, family and friends.

Carl Bucciantini, Greene

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