We proposed, and you enacted with bipartisan support, a new entity charged with achieving universal internet access in Maine--the Maine Connectivity Authority. With this new Authority up and running, and with the support of American Rescue funds,
I pledge to you tonight that every person in Maine who wants to connect to high-speed internet will be able to do so by 2024--just two years from now.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Maine legislature
, Feb 10, 2022
High speed internet as fundamental as electricity
High speed internet is as fundamental as electricity, heat, and water. It is the primary way of connecting with others in the 21st century. It is the modern equivalent of rural electrification in the 1930's and the interstate highway system in the
1950's. We need to have high speed internet throughout our state. I will be asking for an additional $30 million for infrastructure and for internet that is affordable for Maine families, students, seniors, businesses and workers across the state.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Maine legislature
, Feb 23, 2021
Proposes $15 million to expand broadband
High-speed internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Increasing access to high speed internet will allow our businesses to expand and allow all people to connect with schools, health care providers and markets around the country and around
the world. This session, I propose that the Legislature fund $15 million to expand broadband for Maine people and businesses. We can no longer afford to wait.
Source: 2020 Maine State of the State address
, Jan 21, 2020
$2M for broadband; $5M for rural development
To expand the economy, the budget:
Invests $2 million in broadband, designed to draw down much larger amounts of federal money to Maine;
Funds $5 million for rural development; and
Directs funding to market all parts of
Maine not just as a tourist destination, but as places to live and work and raise a family.
Our Department of Economic and Community Development looks forward to leading in the creation of a long range economic plan for our state.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Maine legislature
, Feb 11, 2019
Loss of net neutrality is a giveaway to huge corporations
Net Neutrality: Support requiring internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Mills: Yes. "Rollback of net neutrality is a transparent giveaway to a few huge corporations."
Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maine Governor race
, Nov 1, 2018