Warren Cook to chair effort to expand broadband in rural Maine

Posted Aug. 01, 2011, at 4:56 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 01, 2011, at 7:54 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Warren Cook will head the Broadband Capacity Building Task Force, which is being formed for the Maine State Planning Office to help develop policies to promote high-speed Internet accessibility and use in rural Maine.

“Two keys to success in economic development in rural Maine are quality education and the availability of high-speed Internet,” Cook said in a prepared statement issued Monday. “These two essentials are necessary to attract and retain creative business people, professionals, artists and retirees.”

The Broadband Capacity Building Task Force will be staffed by Amanda Rector, the

state economist for Maine, who is currently located in the Maine State Planning Office.

The task force will examine current practices in the fields of health care, education and economic development; identify obstacles to greater Internet use; and recommend regulatory, investment and best practice strategies to the governor and Legislature for expanding high-speed Internet availability and use in rural Maine.

Other members of the task force will be named soon.

Cook is a co-founder of Maine Network Partners, an effort to strengthen the nonprofit sector organizations through collective impact and networks. Previously, Cook has been CEO and general manager of Saddleback Mountain Resort in Rangeley; president of JAX Research Systems at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor; and president and CEO of Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation in Carrabassett Valley.

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