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Activists fight Poland Spring, conflicted regulators

Objecting to the prospect that allegedly biased state officials might approve a decades-long deal that would let Poland Spring bottle and sell for massive profit Maine’s naturally occurring drinking water, a growing group of Mainers is stepping up its a
 Water Rights
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 19, 2013

State e-mail retrieval: $36K + 1 year — or free, and right now

Happily, the estimated $36,000 cost state officials told a reporter it would cost to retrieve certain e-mails sent to or from Kurt Adams when he was chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission turns out to have been a gross overstatement.
Bureaufusion Concratic Dept.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 17, 2010

Maine's broken e-mail system

When Naomi Schalit of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting asked for electronic copies of e-mails between the chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission and representatives of companies the PUC dealt with, she did not expect to receive
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 27, 2010

Attorneys cleared

Three attorneys who faced allegations of professional misconduct have been cleared of wrongdoing by a committee of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, according to a ruling issued last week.
Follow-up
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 14, 2010

CMP attorney, state regulators under review

Three prominent Maine attorneys — two who are state employees and the third who works for one of the state’s largest regulated utility companies — will appear together this week before the grievance committee of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, t
Rule of Law
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 02, 2010

Save water, shell out more


Been trying to help save the Earth by conserving water? The Portland Water District will thank you by raising its rates on the water you...
By Jeff Inglis  |  March 02, 2010


Faltering steps forward

As in many other sectors, the green world in 2009 was marked as much by bluster as by tangible positive action.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 25, 2009

FairPoint files for bankruptcy protection


It's official - FairPoint has filed for bankruptcy protection. Here's the spin they're trying to put on it. Bottom line: Worse service, higher rates. FOR IMMEDIATE...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 26, 2009

FairPoint will fail to meet agreements


I've written a fair amount about how bad the FairPoint deal would be was, and is. But I'll hand it to the Concord Monitor, who...
By Jeff Inglis  |  September 11, 2009
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Your Money

We thought the bailouts were over. They're not. FairPoint Communications, the nightmare that has become northern New England's landline provider, is seeking tax dollars that could help it fulfill the promises made to regulators in Maine, New Hampshire,
Here comes the FairPoint bailout
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 04, 2009

FairPoint watch

Businesses in downtown Portland are on the move. Retail-property rents are lower than they have been in years, and stores are making deals left and right, with more than a dozen changing location in the past couple months.
Making a quiet killing — of itself and Maine's economy
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 03, 2009


Under attack

Recent decisions by President Barack Obama and Maine Governor John Baldacci have dampened progressive hopes that the Republican-inspired war on civil liberties might be winding down.
Civil liberties' limits grow
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 12, 2009

FairPoint finally responds ? but not to customers

As the Portland Phoenix went to press, FairPoint Communications was supposed to submit to state regulators its plan for fixing the problems that have plagued the company — and brought in legions of customer complaints
Is anybody home?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 25, 2009
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FairPoint's finances are failing fast

Two major safety valves in the financial house of cards that is New England's largest landline telecommunications service provider blew last week.
FairPoint with state and federal regulators show that "stable" isn't exactly the right word for its current status
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 11, 2009
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Transmission troubles

Late last month, Maine's second large commercial wind farm officially opened at Stetson Mountain in the eastern part of the state. But for all this potential, both in terms of the power source itself, and the brainpower behind it, Maine risks losing a
We're all about wind power — but do we have a way to harness green energy?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009

Going green: Ghostbusters

My monthly rent payment includes heat and electricity, a luxury I'm still getting used to at the new apartment I moved into this summer.
Reducing phantom loads
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 28, 2009


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Will FairPoint run out of money?

Wall Street’s melt down could burn consumers throughout Northern New England — especially those in Maine.
Land-line woes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 17, 2008
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Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  September 10, 2008
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We told you so

FairPoint’s transition has been slow, and is already four months behind schedule.
FairPoint’s phone-line takeover is as bad as regulators feared.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 02, 2008

Blown away

I’m sorry to inform you that there is an institution in Maine that repeatedly makes promises to the public, but rarely fulfills them.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 09, 2008
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A bad idea triumphs

The only way the regulators could abandon their duties more would be to develop amnesia in addition to their weakened spines.
Verizon: $500,000,000 — Public: $0
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 27, 2008


Kill the house lights

As we celebrate the solstice on December 21, take comfort in knowing that state officials are doing all they can to make it even darker. And, like Tax Day, more expensive.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 19, 2007

No raises — it gets better

FairPoint, as you might expect, has been in a tizzy.
Fewer workers are also part of FairPoint’s plan to remain solvent
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 20, 2007
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Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

It’s going to take more than screwing in a few compact fluorescent light bulbs to make a dent in the state’s energy use.
Can Maine’s alternative-energy sources save the day?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 19, 2007
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Internet disconnect

If only our state officials thought about fiber.
Getting online in Maine can be painfully slow. And the planned Verizon-FairPoint merger won’t help.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 22, 2007

Portland scene report: August 10, 2007

Pfeifle’s some kind of weird ass-obsessed freak, apparently.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  August 08, 2007


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MCLU worries FBI is watching peace groups

The Maine Civil Liberties Union is fighting on two fronts to protect Mainers’ privacy against the government's efforts to intrude.
Big chill
By SARA DONNELLY  |  November 01, 2006
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MCLU wants to join federal lawsuit

The Maine Civil Liberties Union hopes to become a defendant in a federal lawsuit pitting the state against the US Department of Justice.
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By SARA DONNELLY  |  September 13, 2006
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They're watching you

A guide for privacy for Mainers and beyond.
Bugged Levis, unauthorized sex tapes, leaked medical records — is nothing sacred anymore?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  August 30, 2006
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State will not investigate Verizon — yet

Mainers may despair of ever getting their privacy back after a recent ruling in a battle to convince the state’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate suspicions that Verizon has given customers’ phone records to the federal government.
Phone privacy
By LAURA LANZ-FROLIO AND JEFF INGLIS  |  August 09, 2006