Broadband plan underway
Our Katahdin and the Katahdin Broadband Committee are pleased to announce that phase I of the community broadband technology plan is complete. There are now three wi-fi hotspots along Millinocket’s main street (Penobscot Ave) that provide free wi-fi service for visitors and locals to use while spending time downtown, visiting shops and grabbing a bite to eat. The hotspots are Scootic Inn, Designlab, and The town office.
Also the Millinocket Memorial Library’s “Beyond the Walls Program” has set up two additional wi-fi hotspots in Millinocket. The two newest hotspots are located at Veteran’s Memorial Park and Katahdin Pride Park. Axiom completed installation at both Veteran’s Memorial Park and Katahdin Pride Park on September 15. Over 200 unique guests connected to the two wireless access points in the first three days (Trails End Festival) transmitting over 8GB of data traffic.
With a community broadband planning grant from ConnectME, our technical partner, Axiom Technologies, identified providing wi-fi internet access in downtown Millinocket as an important first step through many community interviews. This project is only possible with the support and participation of several key partners. The Millinocket town office, Designlab and the Scootic In are hosting the wi-fi equipment on their roofs. Axiom Technologies of Machias completed the design and implementation work. GWI as the internet service provider donated upgraded fiber-optic speeds to Designlab and the Town office.
The installation of the wi-fi hotspots is yet another example of multiple people who support the Katahdin Region making an investment. The Northern Forest Center and Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. both made generous donations to make these installations possible. Both organizations support broadband development in rural areas as part of diversifying our rural economy. Our local Bangor Savings Bank branch is contributing to the on-going service costs.
“We are excited to take this first but significant step in lighting up the Katahdin region with fiber-optics. The next phase is to expand the wi-fi to East Millinocket and Medway then bring fiber to the businesses along the Katahdin Corridor. Access to free broadband and increased speeds alone isn’t going to generate jobs but it removes a major barrier to attracting tourists and small businesses to downtown.” said Michael Faloon of Our Katahdin.
Whether you are a visitor or a resident of the Katahdin region, please check out our downtown and log-on to the newly available wi-fi.
The Katahdin Broadband Committee consists of the members of Our Katahdin, Jessica Masse, John Lee, Michael Madore, John Hafford, Anita Mueller, Deb Roundtree, Dick Angoti, and Angela Cote.