AUGUSTA – The ConnectME Authority expects to apply for Recovery Act funds to further the Administration’s goal of expanding broadband throughout Maine. Preparing for such an application, the Authority has recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified independent contractor to develop a statewide comprehensive assessment of current broadband service and infrastructure deployment.
An update of broadband availability inventory in the State is an essential part of the ConnectME Authority’s preparation for grant applications from the federal Recovery Act. The inventory will enable the Authority to focus State and federal funds where they are most needed.
Governor Baldacci, in conjunction with the Legislature, created the ConnectME initiative in 2006 to expand broadband throughout Maine. He said that improving broadband is essential to Maine’s economy.
“These investments provide people in rural areas enhanced access to technology, transforming our state economy, and expanding business opportunities for more Mainers,” said the Governor.
The mapping and assessment must incorporate all information that is necessary in order to satisfy various standards identified in the Broadband Data Improvement Act (PL 110-385), the Recovery Act, and subsequent rules and determinations of a number of federal agencies.
A copy of the RFP detailing specifications may be obtained by contacting Cheryl C. Winslow, (207) 624-9440, or by submitting a request in writing to Cheryl C. Winslow, Office of Information Technology, 26 Edison Drive, Statehouse Station # 145, Augusta, ME 04333-0145.
Responses are due no later than 2 p.m. on April 21, 2009.
For more information on the RFP and the ConnectME initiative, please go to http://www.maine.gov/connectme/index.shtml.