Broadband plan underway
Wifi Hotspots Live on Penobscot Avenue in Time for July 4th Celebrations
Our Katahdin and the Katahdin Broadband Committee are pleased to announce that phase one of the community broadband technology plan is underway, and live wifi hotspots will light up Penobscot Avenue just in time for the 4th of July holiday. The project includes placing three wifi hotspots along Millinocket’s main street to provide free wifi service for visitors and locals spending time downtown to visit shops and grab a bite to eat.
With a community broadband planning grant from ConnectME, our technical partner, Axiom Technologies, identified providing wifi 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 wifi 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 wifi 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 wifiI 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.
To all visitors and Katahdin region alumni home for the long weekend, please check out our downtown and log-on to the newly available wifi.
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
For more information, please contact:
Lucy Van Hook, Community Development Specialist, Lucy@ourkatahdin.com