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Telecommunications: Helping a Dark Fiber Provider Bring High-Speed Broadband to Rural Maine

Many of Maine’s rural areas do not have adequate access to high-speed broadband services. In 2008-09, a group of Internet providers and CLECs joined with state officials to map out a plan to install 1110 miles of high capacity dark fiber in three rings across rural Maine – known as “Three Ring Binder.” The project required a substantial grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and a private match. Verrill joined the team in 2009 and advised the lead applicant regarding government and public outreach as well as communications with other businesses and telecommunications providers in Maine.

In late 2009, US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke flew to Maine to announce a $25 million ARRA grant from the National Telecommunications Information Agency, the first such award in the country. A major success for Maine.

In 2010, we helped pass necessary legislation to create a new telecommunications entity in Maine, a “Dark Fiber Provider,” which was necessary to allow the new venture to attach their fiber to utility poles in the public right of way. The legislation was bitterly opposed by competitors and their unions, but was ultimately passed after months of negotiations with stakeholders, the Governor’s office, the US Department of Commerce, and a range of state agencies. Once passed, we assisted the new Dark Fiber Provider obtain a certificate to do business from the Maine PUC and work with pole owners in Maine to obtain reasonable access to their facilities.

In 2011, a US Chamber of Commerce study listed Maine as the top infrastructure state in the nation, in large part because of the establishment of the Three Ring Binder. And businesses in rural parts of Maine are increasingly seeing the benefits of middle-mile fiber.

Verrill’s Telecommunications Group, and its Government and Public Relations team, are proud to have had a part in helping rural Mainers get high-speed access to the Internet, and to help Maine grow.

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Verrill Attorney Gregory Fryer Recognized as Top Author in JD Supra 2021 Readers Choice Awards

(April 8, 2021) – Verrill attorney Gregory Fryer was recognized as a top author for finance and banking in JD Supra’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards . The top ten authors were selected for each...

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Nine Verrill Attorneys Named Top Lawyers in Fairfield County

(April 8, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to announce nine of the firm’s attorneys in its Westport, Connecticut office were ranked as Top Lawyers in Fairfield County by Moffly Media, the publishers of popular...

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Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation

On Thursday, April 22 attorneys Bill Harwood and Scott Anderson will be presenting for HalfMoon Education Online Learning's Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation, an interactive webinar. In the webinar, attendees will...

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Contours of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Internal Investigations

In Attorney General v. Facebook, Inc. , No. SJC-12496 (March 24, 2021), [i] the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarified the scope of protection afforded by the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine to...

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Employers Required to Give Free COBRA Coverage to be Offset by Medicare Tax Credits

Among other things, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides “assistance eligible individuals” (“AEIs”) who lose their health insurance coverage under an employer’s group health...

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Representative Litigation Matters

Represented one of the nation's largest geotechnical subcontractors in claims against a major general contractor arising from construction of pier improvements at an East Coast naval facility Led defense trial team in a four-week...

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Identifying Plan Assets in ERISA Health & Welfare Plans

Last month, we advised readers of this blog to consider efforts to formalize the fiduciary governance of their health and welfare benefit plans. In that post , we described some of the reasons that...

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ESG Ping-Pong®

The recent regulatory back-and-forth over the investment of ERISA-governed retirement plan assets based on environmental, social, and corporate governance (“ESG”) factors has demonstrated that ESG investing will remain under an intense spotlight for some...

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Verrill Helps Hancock Solar Project Obtain MDEP Permit, Protect Upland Sandpipers

The 14-megawatt Hancock Solar project in the town of Hancock, Maine has obtained its Site Law permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Verrill assisted the project with environmental permitting, which included the...

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Verrill Attorneys Present on Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation

The energy and environmental landscape is constantly evolving. On Tuesday, April 22, 2021, Halfmoon Education Inc. presents a full-day, virtual program, "Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation," which will highlight the current...

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