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Connect ME Authority Meets for First Time Today

August 29, 2006 - TRC

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci announced that the Connect ME Authority will be meeting for the first time Tuesday afternoon. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 1pm in the Transportation Committee room on the 1st Floor of the State House Building.

“This authority, created under the Connect ME legislation, contains five members who are all highly qualified and represent both the public and private sphere,” said Governor Baldacci. “I am looking forward to seeing the progress in broadband deployment that this Authority will spearhead.”

The five members on the Authority are: Jean Wilson of LL Bean; Mitch Davis of Bowdoin College; Dan Breton of Verizon; Kurt Adams, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission; and Dick Thompson, Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine.

The Governor’s ConnectME legislation which created the Authority was passed by the Legislature last spring. The legislation went into effect last week.

“The convening of the Authority this week marks a milestone in my ConnectME Initiative,” said the Governor. “We now have an agile Authority that can stay out ahead of technology and spur private investment in broadband and cellular service in Maine. Improved coverage is occurring throughout this state, but there’s still plenty of work to be done. This Connect ME Authority will help take us to the next level.”

CONTACT: Crystal Canney, 287-2531, (cell) 557-5968

Dan Cashman, 287-2531, (cell) 837-4821

Read Online: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?id=23251&topic=Portal+News&v=article-2006

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