Maine's GWI extends broadband, voice service to Dover-Foxcroft and Calais

GWI, a Biddeford, Maine-based competitive service provider, is once again taking on the state's incumbent operator FairPoint (Nasdaq: FRP) with the completion of its network expansion in Calais and Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

GWI broadband Maine

GWI's new service areas.

Residents and businesses will now be able to be able to take advantage of a new alternative provider for their broadband, phone and cloud services.

Standalone residential broadband service is priced at $44.95 a month, while a dual-play broadband/phone service bundle starts at $46.40 a month. It will also offer businesses what it says is a suite of "competitively priced high speed Internet, digital phone, Hosted PBX and other advanced services" like Ethernet.

Fletcher Kittredge, GWI's CEO, said in a statement that "GWI is committed to expanding broadband coverage and economic opportunity to all of Maine's rural communities and small towns, even as we work to develop the ultra-high-speed gigabit fiber networks to attract jobs and industries of the future to our state."  

The Dover-Foxcroft network buildout is one element of a broader effort by the CLEC to extend its broadband coverage throughout the state this year. Outside of Dover-Foxcroft, it has begun construction in seven other Maine communities in addition to its recently announced multi-use Gigabit Main Street fiber network that it is building in Orono and Old Town.

In particular, GWI, one of the lead sponsors of the Three Ring Binder middle mile network has established a connection into Boston and New York through a relationship with Sidera Networks.

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