Debra Hall, chair of the new Mid-Coast Broadband Coalition, will address how residents throughout Mid-coast Maine could get universal access to high-quality internet connections, during a Zoom meeting of Camden Rotary Club at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Select Board members, technology consultants and citizens from Camden, Rockport, Hope, Lincolnville, and Northport who belong to the coalition invite people from other Midcoast communities to join their effort to bring the benefits of high-speed telecommunications to everyone in the region. The coalition regards universal broadband access as a means of expanding educational and economic opportunities, making telehealth more available to seniors, and attracting young families and a vibrant workforce to the area.

Hall, who has 40 years of experience as an international corporate, regulatory and technology attorney, previously led a successful effort to bring fiber-optic to 541 homes in Naples, Fla. She has continued to champion internet access as a member of the Rockport Technology Ad Hoc Working Group and later as an elected member and chair of the Rockport Select Board.

“Access to high-speed internet is not an option,” Hall says. “It is an essential driver of today’s economy and social fabric. We need smart, efficient, financially viable and creative means to ensure the availability of high-speed internet throughout the Mid-coast.”

Hall’s presentation will be the fifth in a monthly series the club is hosting to foster learning about, and finding creative solutions for, local economic challenges. Anyone who would like to attend can obtain connection details from Stephanie Griffin at steph.griffinsg00@gmail.com.