AUGUSTA – Maine Adult Education programs from Kittery to Fort Kent are offering presentations to community groups to spread the word about how people can utilize broadband to further their education, find resources to improve their health, access government information and more.
Presenters will show participants how they can find broadband options in their own neighborhoods. The program is made possible through a broadband stimulus grant awarded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the Connect ME Authority, the state agency charged with expanding broadband service and adoption in Maine.
Broadband access can be a vital link to expanding educational opportunities, exciting new entertainment options, health information, economic and community development resources and expanded governmental services. In these brief presentations, the participating adult education programs will provide examples of some of these services, such as the ability to access important health information or completing employment applications, many times difficult or impossible to do without broadband access.
“Maine adult education programs are already providing extensive computer-based training statewide,” said Phil Lindley, ConnectME Authority’s Executive Director. “We need to help people learn how high-speed internet can enrich their lives. Adult ed programs are the perfect way to communicate this important information.”
The goal of the ConnectME Authority is to facilitate universal availability of Maine’s broadband service and to increase usage of broadband.
The initial broadband technical assistance presentations are about ten minutes long and are a perfect program for civic or social organizations. To schedule a presentation contact the nearest participating adult education program through the ConnectME website or call the Maine Adult Education Association at 1-800-322-5455.
A listing of participating adult education programs is available at the ConnectME Authority website www.maine.gov/connectme.