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MCA Engagement Discussion - Connect the Ready - Shared screen with speaker view
Brian Allenby (MCA)
21:40
Welcome, everyone! You can also read more about the Connect the Ready program on our website here: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/connect-the-ready-grants
Brian Allenby (MCA)
24:14
Please feel free to start adding your questions to the chat here, or raise your hand and we can discuss your question with the group.
Kate Foye
24:26
How will the MCA define unserved?
WILLIAM ROSENBERG
25:12
Is 100/20 requirement for $30/mo before or after FCC Affordable Connectivity Program subsidy is applied?
Kate Foye
26:30
Kate Foye, Charter Communications. The how and when question asked on the final slide, will there be opportunity to submit feedback over the coming weeks?
Stephenie Mac
26:34
Unserved this fall will be 100/20mbps, with 25/3mbps being considered least served.
Stephenie Mac
27:02
https://www.maineconnectivity.org/data-collection
Brian Allenby (MCA)
27:11
Data Collection mention #1! https://www.maineconnectivity.org/data-collection
Simon Thorne
27:43
Hello, Simon with Consolidated Communications. Is there a determination as to how much the dollar amount will be per passing?
WILLIAM ROSENBERG Mt. Vernon Broadband
28:07
If a town undertakes a physical inspection of each telephone pole in town, will documentation of the presence or absence of a DSL or cable TV access for an address be acceptable evidence of “un- or under-served” areas respectively? What would suffice as documentation?
Stephenie Mac
30:42
Affordability is better addressed on the website: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/connect-the-ready-grants
Brian Allenby (MCA)
30:43
The All-In FAQ page is available here: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/all-in-faqs
Stephenie Mac
31:29
Simon, great question, we'll try to get to: What feedback would you like to share about the minimum financial commitment of $700 per potential subscriber location required in the most recent ConnectMaine grants?
Brian Allenby (MCA)
32:46
Please feel free to send any follow-up questions to info@maineconnectivity.org
WILLIAM ROSENBERG Mt. Vernon Broadband
33:42
If a town is including approval of a tax increase to fund a broadband project on a November 8 ballot referendum, may that town submit an application prior to then and then supplement the application with the ballot results after the election? After November 9?
Stephenie Mac
35:43
William, we'll have that information from the baseline data, so it could be nearly redundant...more information about community data collection on our website: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/data-collection
WILLIAM ROSENBERG Mt. Vernon Broadband
37:25
Where can I see the data elements that will be in the baseline data?
WILLIAM ROSENBERG Mt. Vernon Broadband
38:39
Some residents of our town have recently received marketing materials from an ISP that apparently is planning to introduce FTTH in some, but not all parts of our town. This has a significant impact on the town’s broadband infrastructure development plans. What is the MCA doing to encourage ISPs contemplating such activities to notify towns in advance?
Brian Allenby (MCA)
40:27
In the second half of September, we'll be releasing program guidance with those details on this page: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/connect-the-ready-grants
Jim Troutman
40:52
Asking for SWCBC: can you clarify that projects funded through this program will be required to offer “universal service” to all residents/businesses in the service area? That is our understanding and we support this.
Brian Allenby (MCA)
41:32
Data collection mention #2! https://www.maineconnectivity.org/data-collection
Brian Allenby (MCA)
42:26
You can access the Speed Test here: https://www.mainebroadbandcoalition.org/
Jim Troutman
43:34
Asking for SWCBC: is there a maximum project grant size that MCA is willing to fund out of the $20mil initial round? SWCBC could be requesting as much as $12mil in grant funding based on project estimates and other funding sources.
Sarah Strickland
45:14
I have the same question as Jim Troutman.
Stephenie Mac
55:20
And, any ISP data filing, as required directly to the state, received/reviewed in time, would be even more recent data
Kendra Jo Grindle, MCA (she/her)
59:46
Get Ready: Community Support AMA Webinar is Aug 24 at Noon Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrd-moqzotEtSCofBsSs6wZtnffPWqeEXE
Christa Thorpe
01:00:13
Regarding the Affordability component of Connect the Ready - "In addition to participation in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), MCA requires grant recipients to offer a low-cost service of at least 50/10 Mbps that is fully subsidized under the ACP to eligible users and affordable to those ineligible for the ACP.“ -- Does this apply to the ISP's pricing in areas other than the area of the proposed project seeking grant funding? (From the community perspective, hoping the answer is yes)
Stephenie Mac
01:05:19
Christa, MCA hasn't regulatory authority over internet service prices across the state; the best we can do is set eligibility and performance standards in programming designs
Christa Thorpe
01:07:35
Thanks Stephenie
Brian Allenby (MCA)
01:08:36
Data collection mention #3! https://www.maineconnectivity.org/data-collection
WILLIAM ROSENBERG Mt. Vernon Broadband
01:12:34
so a town has to offer 50/10 for free to low income persons?
Stephenie Mac
01:12:50
Next steps:Mid-Sept. Release drafted application guideLate Sept. testing grants portal & integration of Broadband Intelligence PlatformOctober meeting: open application windowMid-Oct. Webinar for potential applicants
Joe Oliva (GPCOG/MBC)
01:12:59
let's fuckin goooo
Joe Oliva (GPCOG/MBC)
01:13:04
checking shit off the list
Joe Oliva (GPCOG/MBC)
01:13:54
oops! so sorry -- wrong chat!
Simon Thorne
01:15:11
Thank you Andrew, Stephenie, and Kendra Jo for the meeting today!
Brian Allenby (MCA)
01:15:18
Please join us for upcoming engagement events on August 24th (Get Ready) and September 21st (Middle Mile Partnerships). https://www.maineconnectivity.org/all-in