Broadband Resources

In 2017 a grassroots collection of citizen leaders from around the county recognized the greatest threat to Franklin county’s future success was the current state of inadequate broadband infrastructure. At the time, there was no plan to upgrade it to future, or even current FCC standards.

A county-wide study was needed to assess existing assets (Who was connected? Who was not?) and provide high-level costs to upgrade the entire county to a functioning standard.  The Opportunity Center of North Franklin County was successful with grants from the state and county.  Eventually, through their extensive outreach and education, all twenty-two towns in our region plus the 15 townships contributed to help underwrite the study. You can read the original study below.

In May of 2022, the regional broadband planning study was updated to reflect changes in assets since 2018. You can read the updated study here.

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Job Opportunity: Digital Literacy Instructor

This unique grant-funded position offers a collaborative opportunity, working in partnership with Greater Franklin Economic Development, Franklin County Adult Education, and Spruce Mountain Adult Education, known as the Greater Franklin Digital Literacy Initiative. The role involves providing digital literacy instruction to residents within Franklin County, Livermore, and Livermore Falls.

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Jay to become a mill town once again

John Godfrey of Godfrey Forest Products announced at a news conference Friday that he plans to manufacture oriented strand board, similar to particleboard, and bring about 125 jobs to the site of the former Androscoggin Mill on Riley Road. The side of the mill closest to state Route 4, where the digester ruptured at Pixelle Specialty Solutions in April 2020, will be torn down and a new 300,000-square-foot facility will be built. Godfrey said the investment would be in the hundreds of millions.

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Franklin County to have 98% broadband coverage by summer

At the Wilton Select Board meeting on Tuesday, March 5, Charlie Woodworth told the Select Board the goals of the initiative were coming to fruition and approximately 98% of Franklin County will have access to broadband and fiber optic internet services in some form by mid-summer.

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