Penobscot seeks broadband providers



PENOBSCOT — The town of Penobscot is taking steps to move the community’s internet service into the 21st century.

Through the Penobscot Broadband Committee, the town is seeking experts to plan and engineer design for broadband infrastructure to serve homes, businesses and other buildings on the Penobscot Bay.

Requests for information have been sent to find internet service providers or other partnering firms who wish to design a broadband network and who also have an interest in system implementation as a potential next phase.

The committee said the town is well poised to achieve its goal of sustaining a community for a long time to come.

Broadband will help attract and retain families, businesses and visitors.

The Penobscot Broadband Committee anticipates receiving responses by July 11 and having a completed engineered design by Dec. 31, 2018.

Reliable, high-speed internet is needed to encourage better educational opportunities, year-round residency, to attract and retain businesses, to provide telemedicine services, to improve access to financial services for businesses, and to entice seasonal residents to stay longer, the committee said.

The community includes many home-based entrepreneurs who use the internet for bookkeeping in addition to their family/residential use.

Broadband will help support job opportunities, municipal video conferencing, telemedicine services and education opportunities for the town of Penobscot’s year-round population and seasonal residents.

The town of Penobscot, with assistance from the Island Institute in Rockland, has funding for the initial phase. Significant other sources of funding for a broadband project implementation will be sought at the private, local, county, state and federal levels.

Further information is available at www.penobscotmaine.org.