Fairpoint Still Fighting Rural Maine Broadband Expansion
But again, why should Maine residents value Fairpoint's advice?
After acquiring Verizon's Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont DSL and landline networks for $2.3 billion, Fairpoint Communications subsequently imploded under the debt load, created a multi-state crisis by bungling 911 service for months, missed all agreed to broadband expansion promises
, could barely provide dial tone or broadband service to thousands of customers, couldn't answer the phone when they called, and then stumbled into bankruptcy
Despite bankruptcy and their laundry list of problems, Fairpoint still found the time and funds to lobby Maine lawmakers
to try and derail a public-private partnership between the University of Maine and Biddleford Internet Corporation
(also known as GWI) aimed at trying to shore up the significant rural broadband coverage gaps across Maine.Light Reading
has the latest, and notes that Fairpoint's still fighting tooth and nail against this proposal, known locally as the "Three Ring Binder
." Despite winning federal stimulus funds, the project failed to get CLEC status in Maine, and is now fighting Fairpoint to gain access to state utility poles:
In addition, the non-profit Maine Fiber has been unable to gain CLEC status -- since it is an open access network and not a service provider -- and so it now needs special action by the state legislature to gain access to 36,000 utility poles before it can begin construction. With a 2012 deadline looming to get the network up and running, delays are a major concern.
At the heart of the dispute is Fairpoint’s insistence that Three-Ring Binder is a government-funded duplication of its own fiber optic network. Those who want the new network built complain that Fairpoint refuses to lease dark fiber on its network, that its fiber optic network lacks the necessary capacity, and that its leased services are too expensive.
At this point it's not really clear why any Maine consumer would want Fairpoint's "help," but Fairpoint's apparently very dedicated to delivering their unique version of it.
| |TransmasterDon't Blame Me I Voted For Bill and OpusReviews:
Re: If only the A$$holes in Washington What you say is true for the larger populated areas but what I have in mind is something like the Rural Electric Association, which they call Touch Stone Energy now. The REA moved electric power into small towns and the country side, where broadband service is now lacking. I am not talking so much about the Rancher who is 50 miles from no where but small Towns such as Rock River, Hillsdale, Hawks Springs, or La Grange, Wyoming that really have terrible service presently. For the Rancher 50 miles from no where that is going to have to be satellite, or some other wireless delivery system. But for these small communities it would be a life line. For years Wyoming has been crapped on by first US West, and then Qwest. One progressive community Greybull, Wyoming has taken the bull by the horns and has built out their own system but for most of the smaller communities in Wyoming it just is something they do not have the ability to do.
I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's.
- Mark Twain in Eruption