Broadband is viewed as a means of increasing the economic competitiveness of the region.  Priorities for the region were set by reviewing the existing work of the ConnectME Authority and Maine Fiber Company’s 3-Ring Binder initiative  (see presentation for highlights).

Additionally,  the Saco-Biddeford Main Street Center of Opportunity pilot project centered on increasing our understanding of how broadband can increase economic competitiveness and vibrancy of our downtowns and villages.  A local company specializing in information technology professional services and network construction was hired to assist Saco and Biddeford in identifying their fiber optic goals, inventorying current assets, preparing high-level network engineering estimates, and articulating the nature of the economic impact of broadband improvements.  Among the four primary recommendations is the need to conduct outreach to businesses regarding existing assets.  The need to educate businesses on the benefits high speed fiber optics can bring to the region is a recurring issue that must be addressed if the region is to compete in the larger economy.  Read the full Saco-Biddeford study here.