GWI to begin system upgrade

Posted June 29, 2011, at 3:52 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Biddeford based GWI, Inc. on Wednesday announced a plan to roll out higher Internet speeds on all of its residential broadband connections.

When the upgrade is complete, GWI customers on the company’s basic broadband service will have access to Internet speeds of 7 megabits per second, or Mbps, roughly equivalent to cable modem services, while the rest of GWI customers will receive a service that is two to three times faster. The cost of the service will be the same or lower, according to a news release.

CEO Fletcher Kittredge said the upgraded network speeds of either 7 or 20 Mpbs is higher than the new 4 Mpbs National Broadband Plan definition of “broadband” because Maine and the U.S. need to get back to a global leadership position when it comes to Internet speed, adoption and innovation.

GWI’s speed upgrade project begins July 1 and will take 60 days to complete.

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