Central Maine Power Plans to Expand Rural Broadband
Power (CMP), a
Council member, is planning to expand rural broadband cables running through
areas of Maine to bring high-speed Internet access to the underserved portions
of the state. This broadband cable will be strung as part of the New England
Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project, once it gains approval.
energy project would use strands of the broadband fiber, leaving the rest of
the strands available to the communities nearby. Areas that are currently
underserved include the Forks and portions of Androscoggin and Somerset
counties. The NECEC broadband would provide a transmission line that various
internet service providers could connect to.
Dickinson, Vice President of Business Development at Avangrid, CMP’s parent
company, commented, “This project has a strategic role. It is running through
major areas where the state doesn’t have fiber-optic broadband. . . We want
this to be an asset to the people of Maine.”
NEC applauds the work of CMP to expand Internet access to the most underserved
areas of the state.