Broadband informational meeting

Broadband Informational Meeting

February 15, 2022 - 7pm


The meeting will be held at the Community Center(Fire Station) on Kimball Pond Road at 7pm. 
Masks required. 

Alternatively you can attend via Zoom, provided your internet connection is sufficient. 
No masks required in that case. 

Here’s the Zoom link for the February 15, 2022 informational meeting:

Topic: Broadband Information Meeting
Time: Feb 15, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Planning Board Meeting - November 24, 2021




The meeting convened at 7:00 PM at the Town House. Regular members present were Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Tim Bickford, and Ed Lawless. Minutes of the Board’s October 27 meeting were read and accepted.

Ed updated the Board on the status of the ongoing broadband effort. He said that Fayette has signed a separate contract for broadband service but has not formally left the group of towns working on broadband to which Vienna belongs.

Creston mentioned a citizen’s suggestion that the Town enact an ordinance to control solar power developments. This was discussed informally; Creston agreed to investigate the similar efforts underway in other towns.

5 recent Notification of Construction permits were reviewed briefly.

Waine has done some research into a possible boathouse or mooring ordinance. He will continue to investigate.

Alan said that Andy Marble has become Vienna’s Deputy Plumbing Inspector.

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.


 Creston Gaither, secretary




Broadband mailing arriving soon to all Vienna residents

This note is being sent to all Vienna residents via regular mail. Enclosed will be a postage paid post card with a short survey. Please fill it out and return it. It will help us get a sense of your opinion on this important matter.

To all Vienna Residents,

For nearly three years a small committee of Vienna residents has been pursuing how we might secure broadband internet for Vienna.  They have kept the Selectboard informed as the effort develops.  The Selectboard supports the efforts of that committee and has authorized and approved this informational mailing.

We in Vienna have a problem …

Fast, reliable and affordable Internet access (broadband) has become increasingly essential and will only be more so in the future. This was true even before the COVID pandemic which only served to emphasize this. 

Broadband is not available in Vienna. Our current choices of Internet access over the phone lines or dish antenna is the best we can get and this is about 1/10th the minimum speed the federal government defines as broadband. Many of our neighboring towns that have cable TV as an option are finding even that is too slow and unreliable for their current and future needs. 

Broadband is important for:

  • Education - remote classrooms, adult education, job training
  • Jobs - working from home/home business
  • Remote health - at home consulting with your doctor
  • Social - maintaining connections to friends and relatives using video chat programs
  • Banking/bill payment - more convenient and less time driving. 
  • Entertainment - Streaming TV channels, movies, music, games. 
  • Environment - reducing use of our cars saves us expensive fuel costs and reduces CO2 emissions for a healthier planet. 

What are we doing to fix this problem?

Even before the pandemic, we in Vienna and neighboring towns recognized something needed to be done. Forming a coalition with 5 other towns (Mt. Vernon, Leeds, Readfield, Wayne, Fayette) we received state grant money to assess the situation and consider solutions. We examined what similar towns were doing both in Maine and in the rest of the US. It became evident that no private business was going to make the effort to provide affordable broadband in Vienna. There is simply not enough profit for them or it would have been done. 

We found that small rural sparsely populated towns like Vienna are taking the initiative to do this themselves. They are building an infrastructure of fiber optic cable to all their residents and then partnering with an Internet service provider to manage that network. The federal government is encouraging this and is providing Maine around 300 million dollars to assist towns by way of infrastructure grants. 

Our coalition, the Western Kennebec Lakes Broadband Association, has recently sent out requests to vendors asking them to provide proposals for building and operating a fiber optic network. By the end of January, 2022 we will have proposals from several vendors and will be negotiating with them to find the best solution for Vienna. Once we have firm costs in hand, we will be in the position to apply for the federal grant money. Sparsely populated and unserved towns like Vienna are being given priority for these grant funds. There will remain a cost to the town that would most be likely funded by a municipal bond paid by subscriber fees.


The Selectboard has directed the committee to prepare for and hold a Broadband informational meeting at the Community Building on Tuesday February 15th, 2022 at 7 PM. If you prefer to attend remotely that option will also be available. The link for the remote meeting will be on the Town of Vienna website.  Keep your eye on the Town of Vienna website, the Vienna Newsletter and notices around town for more news about the Broadband project

Important voter action on the Broadband project will be on the Warrant at the Town Meeting on March 11 and 12, 2022

What can you do to learn more about the project?

  • Sign up for e-mail updates at here. We will be sending out emails from time to time to keep you informed of our progress. 
  • Visit where we will be posting updates and links to useful information.  If you don’t have internet access, the Dr. Shaw Library provides computer terminals and WI-FI for public use.
  • We are forming a Citizens Broadband Advisory Group that will be meeting a couple of times before the March town meeting to inform residents, discuss the project and spread the Broadband news to Vienna residents. If you would like to participate in the Advisory Group, contact one of the committee members listed below. 
  • If you have more questions, contact any of the Vienna Broadband Committee members listed below:


Jim Anderberg 207-293-2673

Tom Jewett 207-242-7612 

Ed Lawless 207-671-7204 

A postage paid anonymous survey card is being mailed to all Vienna residents.  Please take a minute to make your opinions known about Internet service in Vienna.  Please answer the first couple of questions even if you don’t have Internet access and don’t particularly care if Broadband is offered in Vienna.  The survey results will help guide the Selectboard, the Broadband Committee and the Citizens Advisory Group as they pursue broadband options for the town.

Broadband news

Reminder … sign up for the broadband mailing list  

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After 3 years of planning things are finally coming into focus in our effort to improve high-speed internet access here in Vienna.

The COVID pandemic has highlighted the critical need for high-speed, reliable internet access, something not available to Vienna residents. The Federal government has recognized this and has authorized upwards of 300 million dollars to help Maine remedy this. We will be applying for grants to fund a fiber to the home project here in Vienna  

We will be sending out updates on our progress so If you are not already on our mailing list please sign up here. And tell your friends about this as well  


Vienna Record: Dec-Jan 2021-2022

View the December/January 2021-2022 issue here

Selectmen's Minutes Oct. 5, 2021 through Nov. 23, 2021

Planning board minutes - Sept. 22, 2021 and Oct. 27, 2021

Mill Stream Grange news

From the Health Officer: Covid 19 Surge and Booster Updates plus Arsenic in the Water

Town Clerk hours and dog registration fees

Dr. Shaw Memorial Library News - Book sale, Tax Help, Online streaming service and more

Fire Department News

Broadband - Fiber to the home - Request for proposal

WKLCBA member towns reach milestone

Request for Proposal issued

On November 22, 2021, the WKLCBA member towns of Vienna, Readfield and Wayne took a giant step forward in bringing high-speed broadband internet access to its residents and western Kennebec County through the official issuance of an approved Request for Proposal (RFP) for Fiber Optic Construction Services & Network Operator Services.

The four town RFP can be found here

The associated strand map for Vienna can be downloaded here.

Other town strand maps: Wayne, Fayette, Readfield

The strand maps can be viewed using WKLCBA_RFP_FINAL.pdfGoogle Earth  

Election - Nov. 2, 2021

Polls are open from 8 AM - 8 PM at the Vienna Community Center

Questions Appearing on the Ballot

Question 1 – Citizen Initiative
Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?

Link to Legislation

Question 2 – Bond Issue
Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit facilities and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to leverage an estimated $253,000,000 in federal and other funds?

Link to Legislation

Question 3 – Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to declare that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being?

Link to Legislation

Referendum questions are described here

Planning Board Meeting - September 22, 2021


The meeting convened at 7:00 PM at the Town House. Regular members present were Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, and Tim Bickford; also present were Brian Rehea, representing Maine Woods and Waters LLC, and Tim Davis, Jeff Castonguay, Doug Hobbin, and Sarah Watson. Creston had advertised this meeting as a public hearing regarding the proposed Stream Road Subdivision. Minutes of the Board’s August 25 meeting were read and accepted.

Jeff Castonguay outlined a Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (SZO) permit he would like for his property at 15 South Herrin Woods Roads and shown on tax map 11 as Lot 60-H. The Board will do a site inspection there at 9:30 AM Saturday September 25.

The public hearing for the Stream Road Subdivision was then held. Tim Davis is its southerly abutter and is concerned about water and erosion and road water drainage. He says recent timber harvests have contributed to the problem. He was advised that State enforcement of its timber harvest regulations could help in this regard. Waine read out loud Section 5.E. of the Town’s Subdivision Ordinance, regarding what the Planning Board can require of the developer in this regard. Tim says timber harvests have generated more problems than has the road, and that the existing diversion ditches are working well. Soil erosion control requirements outlined on the Final subdivision plan were read out loud. Waine said that the Town’s Code Enforcement Officer would likely have enforcement power in this matter. Tim said a new pin at the southwesterly corner of the subdivision is a few feet from the original pin set in the ‘90’s. He was advised that this is a legal question and not something the Planning Board can resolve. The discrepancy is evidently fairly small.

It was agreed that the transparency mentioned in the Subdivision Ordinance would not be necessary as State law no longer requires a transparency for recording.

Required findings of fact as per M.R.S.A. Title 30-A § 4404 were read aloud and no objections were voiced by either the Board or the public attendees. The Board then voted 5 – 0 to approve the subdivision and signed copies that Brian Rehea had brought with him; he will have a signed copy recorded at the Registry of Deeds soon.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Creston Gaither, secretary

Vienna Record: Oct-Nov 2021

View the Aug/Sept 2021 issue here

Selectmen's Minutes August 3,  2021 through Sept. 28, 2021

Planning board minutes - July 28, 2021 and August 25, 2021

Health Officer report "Covid Delta Variant Surge and Recent Advance Directives Conference"

Town Clerk notices

Dr. Shaw Memorial Library News

Fire Department News

Neighbors Driving Neighbors report

 Recurring Community Events

Mount Vernon Fall Craft Fair announcement:  Oct. 9, 9am 2 2pm

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