Central Maine Power Plans to Expand Rural Broadband

Central Maine 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.

The 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.

Thorn 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.”

The NEC applauds the work of CMP to expand Internet access to the most underserved areas of the state.

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