OTELCO, a telecommunications provider serving areas of Maine, Alabama, Massachusetts, Missouri, Vermont, and West Virginia, is upgrading its network in Gray and New Gloucester. This major fiber broadband initiative includes the construction of approximately 150 miles of Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network in portions of both towns, resulting in the availability of symmetrical Gigabit Internet to approximately 4,100 additional locations. The anticipated completion date for the construction is mid-to-late summer of 2021 at which time OTELCO will begin scheduling installations. Interested residents can visit www.otelco.com/gng to learn more and sign up for priority installations.
“OTELCO has evolved from the original Pine Tree Telephone and has been serving the Gray and New Gloucester communities for more than a century. Upgrading our existing copper network to fiber will allow us to continue our tradition of delivering best-in-class service to these communities,” commented OTELCO CEO, Richard Clark. Clark also encouraged folks to visit www.otelco.com/gng to learn more and check availability for their location. Should community interest indicate, OTELCO could consider expanding the build at a future date.
“Expanded broadband is critical to the future of our town. OTELCO has been a great community partner for many years, we look forward to their investment in futureproof fiber Internet,” said Gray Town Council Chair, Sandy Carder. New Gloucester Select Board Chair Karen Gilles commented, “New Gloucester has a very vibrant community of creative artists and cottage businesses. Fiber connectivity will allow them to expand their digital presence and grow their businesses and the local economy in countless ways.”
OTELCO has a dedicated webpage, www.otelco.com/gng, to provide project information, updates, and an interactive map to help Gray and New Gloucester residents see if their location is part of the build. OTELCO staff will be presenting the project overview at New Gloucester’s Select Board and Gray’s Council meetings on May 17th and 18th respectively.
Otelco Inc. provides wireline telecommunications services in Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, and West Virginia passing more than 67,000 locations. The Company’s services include local and long-distance telephone, digital high-speed data lines, transport services, network access, cable television and other related services. It also provides competitive retail and wholesale communications services and technology consulting, and
managed services. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.otelco.com.