DOVER-FOXCROFT — More than a year ago the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC) began to utilize $120,000 awarded from the Office of the Maine Attorney General for broadband internet planning by working with Axiom Technologies of Machias to conduct a survey across the region to help develop a regional technology plan designed for economic and community development.
During a Jan. 22 meeting of the Dover-Foxcroft selectmen, PCEDC Executive Director Chris Winstead said about a year before he met with them prior to the survey. “I came to you and I asked if you would be part of a countywide broadband assessment,” Winstead said. He then said discussions with town officials across the county indicated the need for increased access to broadband.
“Before we address the problem we need to address where we are as a county,” Winstead said. He said over 400 residents and about 100 businesses responded to the survey, which was conducted online and through paper forms to help those lacking high speed internet. The data resulted in a regional technology plan as well as a digital inclusion and regional workforce plan — both of which are scheduled to be posted at www.pcedc.org in the future.