Consolidated Brings Fiber Internet to Maine Homes





Consolidated Communications will bring fiber Internet to more than 150,000 homes in Maine by the end of 2022. Fiber optic is faster and more reliable than an internet connection via cable. It is about 24 times faster than the national average internet speed. “Fiber moves at the speed of light,” said Erik Garr, President of Consumer-Small Business at Consolidated Communications. “We don’t know anything faster.” Consolidated has already started installing fiber optic cables in the state. They will primarily serve Portland, Augusta, Bangor, Waterville, Biddeford-Saco, Rockland and Falmouth. “In addition to Portland and the vibrant city that it is, we will also be expanding our investment into some of those more rural areas,” Garr said. The company recently received a National Telecommunications and Information Administration grant to improve broadband service in rural Maine. “Maine has a lot of small towns, and for a private investment like ours, we tend to look for density,” Garr said. “It has to be a public-private partnership.” Faster internet means Mainers at home can stream videos, download data and upload content more easily. This helps with everything from movie nights to homework. “Having great residential broadband helps attract a great workforce,” Garr said. “If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that having a great broadband connection at home is very useful for work. And it is certainly useful for kids doing homework at home.” Consolidated’s fastest plan costs $70 per month for the first year and goes up to $95 per month after that. They also offer more affordable plans that range from $30 to $50 per month.

Consolidated Communications will bring fiber Internet to more than 150,000 homes in Maine by the end of 2022.

Fiber optic is faster and more reliable than an internet connection via cable. It is about 24 times faster than the national average internet speed.

“Fiber moves at the speed of light,” said Erik Garr, President of Consumer-Small Business at Consolidated Communications. “We don’t know anything faster.”

Consolidated has already started installing fiber optic cables in the state. They will primarily serve Portland, Augusta, Bangor, Waterville, Biddeford-Saco, Rockland and Falmouth.

“In addition to serving Portland and the vibrant city that it is, we will also be expanding our investment into some of those more rural areas,” Garr said.

The company recently received a National Telecommunications and Information Administration grant to improve broadband service in rural Maine.

“Maine has a lot of small towns, and for a private investment like ours, we tend to look for density,” Garr said. “It has to be a public-private partnership.”

Faster internet means Mainers at home can stream videos, download data and upload content more easily. This helps with everything from movie nights to homework.

“Having great residential broadband helps attract a great workforce,” Garr said. “If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that having a great broadband connection at home is very useful for work. And it is certainly useful for kids doing homework at home.”

Consolidated’s fastest plan costs $70 per month for the first year and then climbs to $95 per month after that. They also offer more affordable plans that range from $30 to $50 per month.




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