PORTLAND, Maine — FairPoint Communications has completed work to extend broadband communications services to the remainder of Robbinston and small portions of Calais, Pembroke, Charlotte and Perry making high-speed Internet available for the first time to eligible customers.
More than 410 residents and businesses – who did not previously have broadband service – now have access to high-speed Internet. Approximately 310 are in Robbinston, 48 in Calais and 52 are in Pembroke, Charlotte and Perry.
FairPoint received a grant through the ConnectME Authority for approximately 50 percent of the project cost of $81,100. FairPoint was responsible for the remaining amount of $40,550.
The grant garnered widespread backing from the community, as letters of support were included in the application from the selectmen and town clerk of Robbinston, former Maine State Senate President Kevin Raye, Representative Joyce Maker, Washington County Community College President Joyce Hedlund, Sunrise County Economic Council Executive Director Harold Clossey, the Superintendent of Schools AOS 77 and several letters from local businesses and individuals.
“FairPoint has invested more than $193 million in northern New England to expand broadband availability since 2008. However, delivering broadband to high-cost, hard-to-serve areas is a challenge,” said Mike Reed, FairPoint’s Maine state president. “We understand how important access to broadband is to the residents and businesses in the state and this demonstrates our continued commitment to support economic growth in Maine.”
High-speed connection areas include portions of the following roads in:
- Robbinston: Bates, Brewer, Garland, Gravel, Katie, Lake, Lakeside, Loone, McCoy, Ramsdell, Ridge, Robin’s, US Route 1, Sea Breeze, Sea View, Sherman, Sweeney, Trimble, Winter Cove and Woodcock.
- Calais: Bear Hollow, Chisholm, Evergreen, Howbrigg, Huckin’s Cove, Keene’s Lake, River, Shain Point, Shattuck and St. Croix.
- Pembroke: Ayer’s Junction, Boyden’s Lake, Mt. Tom, Ridge, River, Taylor and Upper Cross.
- Perry: Cook, Meadow, Otis, Ridge, Roy’s, Summer and Woodman.
- Charlotte: Charlotte and Station.
The ConnectME Authority was created in 2006 by the Maine Legislature to facilitate broadband availability throughout the state at affordable rates to Maine citizens. Grant applications are judged based on a number of criteria, including the projected percentage of households that would be served; the level of public-private partnerships created; the level of community support for the projects; and the financial viability of the projects.