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Connect the Ready Applicant Workshop - Shared screen with speaker view
stephenie mac
19:28
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john dougherty
19:57
Michael Elliott, Mission Broadband
Pamela Holley
19:58
Pamela Holley, FirstLight
Alan Hinsey
20:01
Melinda Irish, LCI Fiber
Ryan Pelletier
20:02
Ryan Pelletier, County Administrator, County of Aroostook
Kendra Grindle
20:05
Kendra Jo Grindle, MCA, Community Capacity Manager
stephenie mac
20:06
Stephenie Mac, MCA Broadband Impact Director
Jim Anderberg- Vienna Broadband Committee
20:07
Jim Anderberg - Vienna Broadband Committee
Sean Byrne
20:08
Greg Gilligan, GWI
Sadie Hanson
20:08
Sadie Hanson, Pioneer Broadband
Amy McDonald
20:08
Charlotte Broadband Committee
Maggie Drummond-Bahl
20:10
Maggie Drummond-Bahl, MCA Team
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
20:11
Hi. Kerstin Gilg MCA Grants Manager. Welcome
Mary Ellen Barnes
20:11
Mary Ellen Barnes, Linc County Reg Planning
Sarah Strickland
20:13
Sarah Strickland, Greater East Grand Region
Amy McDonald
20:13
Debi Pride, Charlotte Broadband Committee
Rod Mischke
20:14
Rod Mischke, JSI
Jon Gulliver
20:15
Jon Gulliver Northern Maine Development Commission Aroostook County
Simon Thorne
20:15
Simon Thorne, Consolidated Communications
Tanya Emery
20:17
Tanya Emery, Economic Development Director, MCA
Sharon Combes-Farr
20:17
Sharon Combes-Farr from FirstLight
Chris Lynch
20:19
Chris Lynch Matrix Design Group
Janet Winn
20:21
Janet Winn, FirstLight
Maureen Hopkins
20:22
Maureen Hopkins GoNetspeed
Mickey Sirota
20:22
Mickey Sirota, Waldo Broadband Corporation grants committee
Joe Oliva
20:23
Joe Oliva, Maine Broadband Coalition
Elissa Tracey
20:23
Elissa Tracey, Tilson
Thomas Ploch
20:30
Tom Ploch, Chair - Swan's Island Broadband
Neal Goldberg
20:32
Neal Goldberg, Maine Municipal Association
Christopher Campbell
20:34
Chris Campbell, Principal Consultant with Tilson, contractors to MCA.
David Wedick
20:38
David Wedick, CFO, Maine Connectivity Authority
Allen Kratz
20:39
Allen Kratz, Blue Hill Peninsula
jd - Mission Broadband
20:47
John Dougherty - Mission Broadband
john gibbons
20:48
John Gibbons, Union Broadband Committee
Ray QUIMBY
20:49
Ray Quimby& linda lord Brooks
Andrew Davis
20:51
Andrew Davis, Sebago Fiber
Bob Weingarten
20:51
bob weingarten
kathy white
21:00
Pisc. County Economic Development/Maine Highlands Broadband Coalition
George Borowsky
21:09
George Borowsky - Surry Broadband Committee
Jamie Pitney
21:11
Jamie Pitney, China Broadband Committee
Dan Demeritt
21:15
Dan Demeritt, Orono Resident
Keith Coulling
21:17
Keith Coulling - Mount Vernon
Chris Stark
21:20
Chris Stark, Town of Surry - Surry Broadband Committeee
Sara Watson
22:13
Sara Watson - Vienna Community
Bill Soares
22:19
Bill Soares - Nobleboro Broadband Committee rep
Kwame Yeboah
23:04
Kwame Yeboah, MCA Workforce Development
Chris Maas
23:16
Chris Maas, Trampas King (Dexter), Jack Clukey (Dover-Foxcroft), Maine Highlands Broadband Coalition
James Troutman
24:18
Jim Troutman - Montville resident, Waldo Broadband Corp board, NNENIX IXP director, and contract advisor to MCA
Brian Allenby (MCA)
24:27
Brian Allenby, Communications Director for MCA.
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
27:18
Connect the Ready = https://www.maineconnectivity.org/connect-the-ready-grants
Amy McDonald
30:09
Are there sample MOUs available for reference?
Andrew Butcher
32:42
@Amy McDonald that is a good idea. Let us get back to you. Kendra Jo Grindle at MCA would be a good resource for that as is the "Get Ready" program.
Brian Allenby (MCA)
34:56
A list of communities eligible for reduced financial commitment is also available in the program documentation here: https://7dc7128b-1a71-41e6-a742-cb97916829e4.usrfiles.com/ugd/7dc712_b9dc637db55e4ad2b7f87e7b1b676e60.pdf
Brian Allenby (MCA)
37:38
The full project guidance document can be seen here: https://7dc7128b-1a71-41e6-a742-cb97916829e4.usrfiles.com/ugd/7dc712_0a13067a4e22410f9a3fa89467e1ec7e.pdf
Daniel Parrish
38:01
In the case of a public private partnership where both entities are committing funds to the project. Will both contributions be eligible towards the minimum match requirement?
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
39:03
Application Portalhttps://mca.smapply.io/prog/connect-the-ready/
stephenie mac
39:22
Daniel, if the community will own the infrastructure, then yes. The entity owning the majority of assets is responsible for the minimum financial commitment.
WILLIAM ROSENBERG
39:56
How is a capital lease where the town has a option to buy after 5 years treated?
stephenie mac
41:31
Bill, the projects funded with grants must be completed by 2025, so in that time, if the owner is the ISP, then the ISP needs to make the minimum financial commitment, but we would welcome submission of agreements between parties for further consideration.
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
41:35
Application Portal - All Programs page https://mca.smapply.io/prog/lst/
stephenie mac
42:19
Daniel, in the case of ISP ownership, any financial commitment from the community will be counted in addition to the minimum required, and will make the application more competitive.
Jayne Sullivan
44:20
Jayne Sullivan - UniTel/Direct Communications
Jayne Sullivan
45:06
Not finding the summary output tab in the spreadsheet
stephenie mac
45:27
Jayne, we'll get to the workbook later on
stephenie mac
45:41
Q&A for the portal before jumping into FiberMap?
Maggie Drummond-Bahl
45:42
Very helpful, Brian!
stephenie mac
47:07
Aaron, there are a couple of text boxes in the portal where we ask for information in a narrative form.
Aaron Chrostowsky
47:07
Hi I didn’t notice any place for written narrative
Stan Davis
47:34
will there be any narrative or cover letter about the community's progress toward the application and how we have involved and sought input from our community?
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
47:57
For questions regarding the application process, please contact info@maineconnectivity.org
Daniel Parrish
48:02
WE have to request access t the vetro map. how long should we expect it to take before we are granted access? Will we have to wait for access on each individual application. assuming we have more then one submission.
stephenie mac
48:15
Stan, we are asking for an upload of community support, but we don't need a full history of community planning.
stephenie mac
49:01
The Guide also describes areas/locations that qualified for reduced minimum financial commitment: The proposed project would serve a census block group with at least 50% low and moderate income persons, according to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2011-2016 5-Year Estimates. ● The proposed project would serve a municipality, or county if the municipality is not listed, that is in the bottom quartile ranked greatest to least in valuation, as reported by the Maine Revenue Service for the most recent published year at the time the application window opens.
stephenie mac
49:40
Daniel, great question, please allow two days, thanks for the patience!
stephenie mac
50:39
Brian gets the award for LOOKING the most like a cool penguin in July ;)
Daniel Parrish
51:52
Please remind me/us who we should reach out to about submitting challenges to the designated served/under-served service areas map? OR do we simply submit our challenge within an application?
Aaron Chrostowsky
52:10
I want to thank MCA for listening and considering our concerns. We look forward to applying.
Tom Ploch - Swan's Island
54:10
Do collaborators need an account
stephenie mac
54:12
Daniel, this isn't a process of challenging classifications of locations. If you feel there are additional locations that should be shown as eligible, you are welcome to add those points during the mapping portion of the application.
stephenie mac
55:15
Tom, yes, ideally the partners on an application will register as the applicant or as collaborators on the application.
Brian Allenby (MCA)
55:25
Tom - In the application there's also the option to create a collaborator account for VETRO access. Just be sure to select that option.
Ray QUIMBY
57:20
are the maps available for view only?
Simon Thorne
57:38
To clarify the question from Daniel: If the ISP will own the network they will be required to bring the minimum financial match of either $700 or $500. If the community adds funds to this above and beyond this amount it weights the project greater than not having one from the community? How will those matches be weighted?
stephenie mac
58:05
Ray, which maps? Applicants will get account access to FiberMap, where they will do the mapping portion of their application.
stephenie mac
58:52
Simon, that is correct. The weight of this additional financial commitment is explained in the Guide.
Brian Allenby (MCA)
59:02
Ray - Are you looking for view only maps for other collaborators or for review outside the application?
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
59:27
Full guidebook for Connect the Ready = https://7dc7128b-1a71-41e6-a742-cb97916829e4.usrfiles.com/ugd/7dc712_0a13067a4e22410f9a3fa89467e1ec7e.pdf
Amy McDonald
59:32
Is it possible to get access to the whole application while editing, not just one screen at a time? It would be great to be able to gather data needed for the whole thing at once rather than needing to fully complete one screen at a time before encountering the next piece.
Ray QUIMBY
59:33
outside the application
stephenie mac
01:00:32
You can also see some of these datasets mapped on our homepage, scroll down: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
01:00:44
Application Tips offers an application overview, https://7dc7128b-1a71-41e6-a742-cb97916829e4.usrfiles.com/ugd/7dc712_b9dc637db55e4ad2b7f87e7b1b676e60.pdf
Christopher Campbell
01:00:54
Simon, from page 21 of the program guidance: Projects proposed with larger financial commitments from the ISP and community willreceive greater weight. Up to a 50% maximum weight will be applied for the financialcommitment. Financial commitment is calculated the same as for minimum financialcommitment, except that only financial commitment greater than the minimumrequirement is counted, and this commitment may come from either the ISP(s) orcommunities.The weight received will depend on the size of financial commitment relative to theproject scope: the amount of financial commitment toward the project cost perpotential subscriber location in the project area. A weight of 1% will result for every $15per subscriber location.
Sean Byrne
01:01:18
If we aleady have access to Vetro and a variety of layer already available to us, do we still need to request access through the application portal?
Andrew Butcher
01:01:32
In the case of a public private partnership where both entities are committing funds to the project. Will both contributions be eligible towards the minimum match requirement?
Brian Mefford
01:01:38
Sean - yes
stephenie mac
01:01:48
Amy, you can use the Guide to see all the elements of the application in one place. You can also click through the different sections or stages in the portal.
Andrew Butcher
01:02:03
visualization here: https://www.maineconnectivity.org/
Andrew Butcher
01:02:16
Scroll down to mid page @ Ray
Brian Allenby (MCA)
01:02:37
https://7dc7128b-1a71-41e6-a742-cb97916829e4.usrfiles.com/ugd/7dc712_92038468fd70407e82e6da776180a7cb.pdf
stephenie mac
01:03:26
Andrew, answered Daniel above, in the case of ISP ownership, any financial commitment from the community will be counted in addition to the minimum required, and will make the application more competitive.
Andrew Butcher
01:04:36
Thanks Stephenie. I saw that as soon as I pasted.
stephenie mac
01:05:04
Cool, cool penguin ;)
Andrew Davis
01:05:18
Stephenie, thank you for the map showing reduced financial commitment.. That clearly explains how MCA is interpreting the standards and allows towns to ask for clarification. Can you please do the same for this criteria: "The price for 100/20 Mbps service will be equal to or less than the federal reasonable comparability benchmark for broadband rates as determined by the annual FCC Urban Rate Survey." I have reviewed the FCC Urban Rate Survey for all providers in Maine.. but there are no Maine providers offering 100/20, closest is Consolidated at 100/40 at $116.95 Can you please specify the price point MCA is interpreting and using from FCC Urban Survey for the requirement in this grant round?
stephenie mac
01:07:08
Andrew, that affordability requirement would apply to the offering that is at least 100/20mbps. Hope that helps; we understand different ISPs have different levels of speeds for their various offerings.
Phil Devlin (Harrison, Maine)
01:08:16
For town financial commitment, assuming grant Is approved, any way of knowing payment schedule, i.e. will payment be required in current fiscal ending June 30 or next fiscal year?
Donald Kornrumpf
01:08:30
That T/F 10% question is TERRIBLY worded. Hard to comprehend what it means.
Maureen Hopkins
01:09:19
It would be helpful to have some additional clarification as to what that question is asking
stephenie mac
01:10:20
Phil, Section V.C of the Guide outlines how grant disbursements will occur
stephenie mac
01:10:54
Donald, we know! We've been round and round, and the best wording (in my humble opinion) is in the slide show, earlier on.
Andrew Davis
01:12:51
Stephenie.... I understand the affordability option must be atleast 100/20. But that doesn't answer my question. The docment says "The service offering of at least 100/20 Mbps must be priced no higher than the federal reasonable comparability benchmark for broadband rates as determined by the annual FCC Urban Rate Survey. “ What does MCA interpret the “federal reasonable comparability benchmark” as?
Sean Byrne
01:13:08
There is no way to see the weighting of the app?
Daniel Parrish
01:13:13
before this seminar is completed I would appreciate a little bit of clarity about the differences between the Connect the Ready grant and the Line Extension Grant programs. What types of project should be in which program.
Andrew Davis
01:14:34
Thank you..
Daniel Parrish
01:15:13
can the ACP be used to reduce the rate down to the acceptable rate?
stephenie mac
01:15:30
Sean, the Guide outlines all weights
Jayne Sullivan
01:15:41
Question about summary output tab in spreadsheet that doesn't appear to be there on this application?
Brian Allenby (MCA)
01:17:39
You can check out the Reach Me information here:
Brian Allenby (MCA)
01:17:40
https://www.maineconnectivity.org/reach-me
Andrew Davis
01:17:45
Is the ESRI viewer on the front page of the site showing the same unserved data as VetroMap will show? If the data is inaccurate compared to the BDC fillings we submitted by Sept 1st how do we address this or will it limit the unserved points in this grant round?
Jayne Sullivan
01:17:48
In situation where a town is 1/2 in service territory and 1/2 outside would we apply for both Connect the Ready and Reach Me
Daniel Parrish
01:17:52
if I have additional questions about the program differences who should I reach out to?
Brian Allenby (MCA)
01:18:54
Andrew - Yes, the ESRI viewer is based on the same information as the application in FiberMap.
Jayne Sullivan
01:19:08
thank you
Maggie Drummond-Bahl
01:19:15
Daniel - please feel free to send your question to the info@maineconnectivity.org email address and we'll follow up.
Brian Allenby (MCA)
01:19:50
You can send questions at any time to info@maineconnectivity.org or call us at 207-370-7439.
James Irvine
01:19:51
For VETRO technical Questions please reach out to support@vetrofibermap.com
Jayne Sullivan
01:20:28
thank you
Daniel Parrish
01:21:04
Than you for all your efforts on this!
Chris Stark
01:21:18
Thank you!
Jamie Pitney
01:21:54
Great session, very fast paced. :-) Thank you.
Mickey Sirota
01:22:17
Good overview so reading can eliminate followup staff questions. Thank you for your hour.
Allen Kratz
01:22:36
Thanks for this informative session.
Simon Thorne
01:22:55
Thank you everyone!
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
01:24:00
https://www.maineconnectivity.org/connect-the-ready-grants
Kerstin GIlg, MCA (he/his)
01:24:23
Application Portal https://mca.smapply.io/prog/connect-the-ready/
George Borowsky
01:24:28
THANKS for a very helpful session!
Brian Allenby (MCA)
01:24:30
Thank you to everyone for joining us today!
Sara Watson
01:24:58
Thank you