BANGOR, Maine — USDA Rural Development will award Maine Public Broadcasting Network a $655,580 Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant to support its efforts to provide the highest-quality programming to Maine viewers statewide, many of whom live in rural areas.
The grant will be used to replace and update equipment including video servers, routers, encoding, programming software and other technologies that assist MPBN in providing high-definition programming. Included in the upgrades will be the ability to provide HD closed captioning for programs that are produced in Maine.
“I am very pleased that USDA Rural Development has awarded Maine Public Broadcasting Network with this grant that is so essential to its operations, and that we can play a significant role in ensuring that people in Maine’s rural communities continue to have access to the high-quality public programming for which MPBN is known,” said Virginia Manuel, USDA Rural Development state director.
“This grant provides the critical funding required to produce locally originated high-definition programming about and for Maine, and supports MPBN in our ability to provide all Maine citizens, rural and urban, what they expect — the best programming in the highest quality available,” said Gil Maxwell, Maine Public Broad-casting Network senior vice president.
MPBN is one of 14 broadcasting networks nationwide that will receive funds to complete digital TV conversion projects.