Fiber optic internet available in Eastbrook

EASTBROOK — Following ongoing struggles with rural broadband connectivity and a two-year process overseen by the town to address the problem, residents in Eastbrook now have access to high-speed internet.

The project provides Fidium Fiber internet access through Consolidated Communications to nearly every road and every home in town, save for a few camp roads that can be connected in the next couple of months when the weather is more cooperative, and homes that are off-the-grid and need to make special arrangements, said First Selectmen Julie Curtis.

Funding for the project was made possible by a grant from the ConnectMaine Authority and monies from tax increment financing (TIF) obtained through the Weaver Wind turbine project.

While the details are still being worked out, Curtis said that from the ConnectMaine grant, a fund will be set up to help residents pay their internet bills.

Curtis had her high-speed internet set up last week and was pleased with the results and the technicians’ quick installation time.

“The internet is wonderful,” she said. “It was just unreal the difference.”

Residents can sign up by visiting the town’s website, which will direct them to Fidium’s website.

The company provides different speed options that customers can sign up for.

Curtis said she went with the plan that offers speeds of 1 Gbps (gigabit per second), which is the fastest and according to Fidium, most popular. It runs $70 per month.

Curtis said that with four people in her household and technology often being used, whether it’s surfing on a mobile phone or streaming TV shows, the plan was the best fit for her family.

The next plan is for $60 per month for speeds of 250 Mbps (megabits per second).

The cheapest plan is for $35 per month for 50 Mbps.

For context, streaming a movie on Netflix requires speeds of at least 1.5 Mpbs, according to ConnectMaine. To stream in “Ultra HD” requires 25 Mbps, according to Netflix.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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