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Fairpoint Still Fighting Rural Maine Broadband Expansion
But again, why should Maine residents value Fairpoint's advice?
by Karl Bode 08:46AM Wednesday Mar 17 2010
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.

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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:
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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.

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once a telco, always a telco

fairpoint still thinks they are an incumbent monopoly, isn't that sweet?

anwho, most of the newengland states didn't play ball with Verizon and got screwed for their trouble.. however its not as if a company in bankruptcy will have much sway or leverage with lawmakers... because if that's the case you got more problems on your hands with corrupt politicans and broadband are the least of your problems.

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If only the A$$holes in Washington

Instead of trying to cram a health care plan down everyone's throat which the majority of the American People don't want The Great Bungholios in Washington should think about spending a fraction of what they are confiscating out of out pockets and invest in a interstate broadband pipeline such as the interstate highway system something I have pointed out here time after time. Such and investment, like the interstate Highway system would return great amounts of Tax revenue to the Fed's. Just look at South Korea. If Senator Byrd is still alive when this is finished every chicken coop in West Virginia would have FIOS, which is fine with me, whatever it takes. But, of course, this is a bong dream.
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Re: If only the A$$holes in Washington

Let's get off of the health care issue for a moment and stay on course with broadband for the time being. What I'm trying to figure out is what the hell does Fairpoint hope to gain by blocking services that they do not want to provide in the first place? It really doesn't make much business sense in the long (or short) run.

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Re: If only the A$$holes in Washington

Sorry if you don't get the point. National Broadband is an area where the Fed's have a role if they would only get off of the track they are presently taking. By doing this preditory practices such as Fairpoint could be put to an end. As to what Fairpoint will gain that is a dead horse that has been beaten to death countless times with Qwest, AT&T, and all of the other ISP's that sue in order to kill off potential rivals.
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said by tdouglas22:

What I'm trying to figure out is what the hell does Fairpoint hope to gain by blocking services that they do not want to provide in the first place?
I don't think what FairPoint is doing is any different then the other incumbents. Even though they have no plans to roll out true high-speed Internet access in the near term they want to leave the door open for the future. They prefer being the only player in town.

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said by Transmaster:The Great Bungholios in Washington should think about spending a fraction of what they are confiscating out of out pockets and[b :

invest in a interstate broadband pipeline such as the interstate highway system something I have pointed out here time after time.
An interstate system is NOT what is lacking. That already exists and is provided by a 1/2 dozen different companies. If anything is needed, and I don't think it is, it would be needed in last mile systems(that is LOCAL roads and not the interstate).
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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.
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i love my country but i hate this goverment and wish it would just go away.
and that goes for all the greedbag companies out there like the asses at fairpoint.