OTELCO, a telecommunications provider serving areas of Maine, Alabama, Massachusetts, Missouri, Vermont, and West Virginia, is constructing FTTP in portions of an additional 12 communities in Maine.
In addition to a recent announcement of a 240-mile build serving nearly 9,200 locations in Gorham, Windham, Gray and New Gloucester, ME, the company has now announced plans to construct an additional 455 +/- miles of fiber to serve another 43,000 +/- locations by early 2022.
The OTELCO fiber network will offer speeds ranging from 150 Mbps upload and download to 1 Gigabit, and according to David Allen, OTELCO Vice President of Network Operations, “With the future in mind, we’re designing and building our network with expandability so that we can increase speed offerings as people’s needs increase.”
Once construction is complete, OTELCO will begin scheduling installations. Interested residents can visit www.otelco.com/builds to learn more and sign up for priority installations.
“This is really about choices. The past year has proven how vital access to a reliable Internet connection is. Our network expansions will provide businesses and residents in these areas with the option of futureproof fiber connectivity,” commented OTELCO CEO Richard Clark.
Clark noted that current build plans could be expanded if local demand is strong; he encouraged folks to visit www.otelco.com/builds where there’s an interactive availability map and the opportunity to indicate interest even if the person is not in a fiber build zone now.
In addition to Gray, New Gloucester, Windham, and Gorham, OTELCO’s investment of $33 million will serve portions of Scarborough, Westbrook, Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Falmouth, Brunswick, Bath, and Topsham.
The southern portions of the build are expected to be complete by late 2021 and include construction of 66 miles of Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network in portions of Biddeford to serve approximately 8,000 locations. Cape Elizabeth will benefit from construction of 48 miles of network in portions of town, resulting in the availability of symmetrical Gigabit Internet to approximately 2,400 locations. Westbrook, Scarborough, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach are on a similar schedule to Cape Elizabeth and Biddeford and combined will see 18,000 locations with FTTP availability.
“Biddeford is in an economic boom and OTELCO’s expansion plans will provide Internet speeds that will make our community even more desirable for businesses and residents,” said Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant.
The northern portion of the build will be constructed in early 2022 with 46 miles of FTTP serving approximately 5,100 locations in Brunswick, 62 miles of FTTP will serve another 5,350 +/- locations in portions of Topsham and Bath. Forty-five miles of construction serving approximately 3,700 locations in Yarmouth, Cumberland and Falmouth is also slated for the first quarter of 2022.