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Dem Govs Get It Done: Gov. Janet Mills Swears In First President of the Maine Connectivity Authority

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Gov. Janet Mills took a major step towards achieving universal broadband today by swearing in Andrew Butcher as the first President of the Maine Connectivity Authority.

Proposed by Gov. Mills and created through bipartisan legislation, the Maine Connectivity Authority will work towards achieving universal high-speed broadband in Maine. Gov. Mills has dedicated $150 million from her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and the American Rescue Plan to the Maine Connectivity Authority.

“Broadband is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity for every person, every family, and every business across Maine, and with today’s vote, we are taking another step forward in our effort to make universal broadband a reality for Maine people,” said. Gov. Mills.

The swearing-in is the latest in Gov. Mills’ efforts to expand access to affordable broadband. In 2020, Gov. Mills built permanent internet infrastructure for 730 rural students, acquired hotspots and devices for 24,000 students, and secured the state’s first new investment in internet expansion in over a decade.

“Gov. Janet Mills’ historic investments in broadband will keep Maine connected and help the state bounce back from the pandemic,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “By expanding affordable internet access, Gov. Mills is delivering on her promises and ensuring a better future for Maine.”