LONG LAKE, Maine — Residents and businesses near Long Lake soon will have access to advanced video, broadband and phone services now that Time Warner Cable has started construction on a new cable network.
Time Warner Cable, which is Maine’s largest provider of cable and broadband services, announced the news on Thursday.
Construction on the new cable network will make advanced video, broadband and phone services available to 400 homes and businesses located near Long Lake, which is just outside of Madawaska.
The project includes installation of 18 miles of new fiber-optic and coaxial cable along Lake Shore Drive, Green Point Road, Beaulieu Road and Pelletier Island, which is located in St. Agatha.
Construction is expected to be completed in early December after which customers will be able to order services. Time Warner Cable already provides service in the town of Madawaska.
Melinda Poore, vice president of government relations for Time Warner Cable of New England, said the project will “open up new opportunities” for Long Lake businesses and bring Long Lake residents the latest in entertainment.
State legislators, economic development leaders and members of the state’s congressional delegation were quick to praise the investment in northern Maine.
“This is a great opportunity for the people in this area to be able to access Time Warner Cable’s cable, phone and Internet services,” said Rep. Charles “Ken” Theriault, D-Madawaska.
He pointed out that the company is paying for the installation without any public funding, something that Theriault said demonstrated its commitment to helping the economy grow.
Walt Elish, president and CEO of the Aroostook Partnership for Progress, said the organization has set goals of attracting $100 million in new IT infrastructure investment and reaching at least 37,500 high-speed subscription lines by 2015.
“This project goes a long way in assisting us meet both of those important goals,” he said Thursday.
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe also lauded the project.
“To maximize its vast societal benefits moving forward, we must ensure broadband Internet remains accessible, flexible and available to Americans nationwide,” said Snowe. “I commend Time Warner Cable for recognizing the value of this technology and investing in expanding access throughout the state of Maine, which will not only provide instant connectivity to work, family and friends, but will also guarantee Maine businesses and entrepreneurs have access to the necessary broadband infrastructure that will help them drive strong economic growth.”
Since 2006, Time Warner Cable has invested more than $220 million in new technology and infrastructure in Maine. The company has been a Maine cable provider for more than 30 years and serves 272 communities in Maine, including 29 in Aroostook County.