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Orono, Maine Residents to Get 1 Gbps Connections
University of Maine and Great Works Internet (GWI) Team Up
by Karl Bode 06:52PM Wednesday May 02 2012
Great Works Internet (GWI) and the University of Maine this week announced that they’ll be collaborating to bring 1 Gbps connections to homes and businesses in Orono, Maine. According to the announcement, the deployment will first focus on business regions, then shift to residential areas “based on demand and population density.” GWI had previously worked on middle-mile solutions in the state, but saw fierce opposition from regional incumbent Fairpoint, who tried to prevent the outfit from using regional utility poles. “This new Gigabit Main Street network is a perfect example of how we intend to bring people from the public and private sector and the university community together to drive innovation and create economic opportunity," insists UMaine President Paul Ferguson.