Will more broadband boost Washington County’s economy?

Posted Sept. 13, 2010, at 4 p.m.

A Machias firm has landed a $1.4 million grant to extend broadband Internet through Washington County. Will this help boost the economy of this impoverished region? How?

Will it help the region persuade more creative economy entrepreneurs to settle there because they can work from their homes? Or will access to high-speed Internet have little impact on the region’s economic struggles?