Internet work in Brooklin starting soon

BROOKLIN — Work to bring internet to every corner of Brooklin should begin within a couple weeks, Selectman Bill Cohen said Friday.

At the April 6 annual Town Meeting, voters unanimously approved a $105,000 contract with Consolidation Communications to build infrastructure in Brooklin.

Consolidated Communications, which provides phone and internet service to northern New England, among other regions, will match that amount for the Brooklin project.

Cohen said the contract is currently being finalized with work to begin within a couple weeks.

Rob Koester, vice president of consumer product at Consolidated Communications, said his company “believes arrangements like this one are quickly becoming the model for improving and expanding broadband services in rural communities, and we’re very excited to be at the forefront of its design and implementation.”

“Together, the town and the company have designed an incremental network build that will add fiber capacity, upgrade equipment and provide network back-up provisions, resulting in significantly faster, highly reliable, broadband connectivity,” Koester said.

The network should be completed by June 2020.

Cohen added, “Brooklin has carefully explored a number of options over the years to improve broadband access and services for the community, but they were beyond taxpayers’ means.”

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