Rep. Higgins helps form House Broadband Caucus
AUGUSTA – Reps. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, Thomas Skolfield, R-Weld, and Norman Higgins, I-Dover-Foxcroft, have formed the House Broadband Caucus to advocate for building out Maine’s broadband infrastructure in rural parts of the state.
The new caucus will actively promote broadband legislation, educate fellow lawmakers and work with stakeholders to make sure any new bills reach the areas with the most need.
“Many areas of Maine still lack access to high-speed internet, and our lack of action as a state is dragging all of us down,” said Berry, House chair of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. “If we want to grow the economy, attract families and help more people and businesses get ahead, we need to take action as soon as possible. I hope forming this group will help the next Legislature hit the ground running.”
“High speed broadband is the key to economic development in rural Maine,” said Higgins. “It is the catalyst for reinventing our communities to compete in a global economy.”
Berry represents House District 55: Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Swan Island and most of Richmond. He previously served from 2006-14, the final two years as House majority leader.
Skolfield is serving his second term and represents Anson, Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Kingfield, New Portland, Phillips, Starks, Weld and Sandy River Plantation, plus the unorganized territories of East Central Franklin (including Freeman, Madrid and Salem Townships), and Perkins and Washington Townships.
Higgins is serving his second term and represents Atkinson, Brownville, Dover-Foxcroft, Medford, Milo and the Plantation of Lake View, plus the unorganized territory of Orneville Township.