Blue Hill seeks to improve high-speed internet access

BLUE HILL — The Board of Selectmen is trying to improve high-speed Internet access in underserved areas of town, such as the Turkey Farm Road and Parker Point Road.

“We feel we have a high density of residents but no service,” in those areas, said Chairman Jim Schatz at the board’s weekly meeting Friday.

Schatz has submitted a letter to the ConnectME Authority asking to be considered in its next round of grant funding for broadband infrastructure.

The ConnectME Authority’s mission is to facilitate broadband access throughout Maine.

Schatz said Time Warner Cable Co. is expanding its high-speed Internet availability in the area and could partner with Blue Hill on the grant.

No town match would be required, Schatz said.

Resident Henrietta Clews asked why the town would work with Time Warner and not FairPoint.

Schatz replied that the Time Warner infrastructure in the Blue Hill area is more developed than FairPoint.

Schatz also ran into a FairPoint representative in Augusta recently and got an impression that FairPoint wasn’t positioned for such a project right now.

Selectman John Bannister said once Time Warner runs a cable, the company can sell residents a programming service as well.

Schatz said he should hear from ConnectME in a few weeks on the question of whether Blue Hill may apply for the latest round of grant funding.

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Jennifer Osborn

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