ELLSWORTH — FairPoint Communications has announced the completion of broadband expansion projects in five communities in Hancock County.
The projects extend and enhance FairPoint’s approximately 18,000-mile fiber optic network, which is the largest, fully owned and managed fiber-based network in northern New England.
As a result of these completed projects, improved broadband speeds are available to more than 250 locations in Brooklin, Ellsworth, Orland, Otis and Trenton in Hancock County, providing broadband service to some locations for the first time.
“High-speed internet access fuels Maine’s economic engine by unlocking new ways to be more productive, compete for business far past the storefront and enable learning beyond the confines of a classroom,” said Mike Reed, Maine state president for FairPoint. “Our team has been extremely busy over the past year completing these broadband projects that bring critical improvements to the ‘last mile’ of FairPoint’s network to increase broadband speeds to these unserved and underserved areas.”
To help support expansion and operation of broadband services in high-cost areas, in 2015 FairPoint accepted Phase II of the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF).
In Brooklin, upgrades were completed on portions of the following streets: Back Road; Chandler Lane; Drew Lane; East Road; Hillside Road; Hope Lane; Kelley Point Drive; Lagace Lane; Naskeag Road; Prospero Lane; Stubbs Drive; Sunrise Lane.
In Ellsworth, upgrades were completed on portions of the following streets: Black Island Way; Branch Pond Road; Brooks End Way; Cove Way; Ebens Way; Evergreen Way; Garland Road; Gary Moore Road; Happytown Road; Jones Point Way; King Court Way; Mariaville Road; Ne Cove Way; Noah’s Way; Porcupine Cove Way; Tannery Brook Way; Walls Farm Way; Wilson Way; Winkumpaugh Road.
In Orland, portions of Happy Town Road were upgraded, as were portions of Otis Road and Tate Road in Otis and portions of Bar Harbor Road in Trenton.
These locations will now qualify for download speeds of up to 15 Mbps2, based on the distance from the customer location to FairPoint’s servicing equipment, which is more than sufficient speed to smoothly stream high-definition video, browse the web or participate in online gaming.
To find out more details, including internet service speed eligibility, information about prices and bundled plans, or to schedule a professional installation of services, residential consumers can call (866) 984-2001 and business customers can call (866) 984-3001.