Posted on August 10, 2016 by Fletcher Kittredge

Regulation of the internet is receiving a great amount of attention and debate since the Appeals Court ruling that the internet is a public utility back in June. The federal government and states both regulate public utilities (the internet), in certain cases, very differently; some employing more contemporary systems and rules than others. Unfortunately, Maine is decades behind in adapting its public utility regime to the rise of the internet; the current laws and regulations …
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Posted on July 27, 2016 by Remi Caron

The availability of fiber-based broadband services has emerged as a key amenity for apartment complex and condominium associations that are trying to attract new tenants. A new FTTH Council Americas study revealed that fiber-based broadband increases rental and property values in multiple dwelling units (MDUs) by 8 percent and 2.8 percent respectively. Citing base financial data from the National Apartment Association, the study estimates fiber can add 11 percent to net income for MDU owners …
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Posted on July 14, 2016 by Fletcher Kittredge

Earlier last month, there was a Federal Appeals Court ruling that has a significant impact on the way the internet is regulated in the US. The court said the internet may be treated as a “telecommunications service” – as a public utility, rather than as a lightly regulated competitive “information service”. This has implications for Maine that are worth exploring. The case involved network neutrality. For years, the FCC has felt that network neutrality is …
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Posted on June 20, 2016 by Edward Gaug

Town votes to build municipal gigabit broadband service (Islesboro, Maine) At their annual Town Meeting on Saturday, Islesboro citizens voted overwhelmingly (145-23) to become Maine’s first gigabit (1000 megabits) island. The Town voted to construct and operate a municipally owned Internet service for the benefit of all the town’s homes and businesses. The $360 per year connect-everyone- to-a- gigabit service will help sustain the long-term vitality of the island’s year-round and summer communities. Rural communities …
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Posted on April 25, 2016 by Edward Gaug

Cloud-based solutions are revolutionizing many communication products because they offer a rich array of features with limited overhead costs. Advanced services traditionally available only in a call center, such as automated attendants and conference calls, are made available at affordable prices through hosted phone solutions. Unlike enterprise systems, hosted phone systems also come with extensive flexibility to enable businesses to modify any aspect of their solution at any time. Businesses often realize significant benefits, therefore, …
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Posted on April 18, 2016 by Edward Gaug

GWI is a local, Maine business that provides residents a variety of telephone and Internet solutions. Our business is dedicated to offering both residential and commercial customers an opportunity to get away from the big-name corporations and start taking control of their telecommunications. Switching to GWI means switching to friendly, locally owned service. Whether you’re looking for rural service or a better solution to keep your business connected, we offer affordable solutions to fit any …
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Posted on August 5, 2015 by GWI

For the growing number of households that are abandoning cable and satellite service and joining the ranks of cord-cutters, choosing the best streaming device for their particular situation is an important first step. With a wide variety of streaming devices to choose from – each with its own pros and cons – this can be a confusing process. To help guide users toward making the right choice for meeting their specific needs – in both …
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Posted on July 30, 2015 by GWI

For several years, we’ve heard that the demise of traditional pay-TV models like cable and satellite at the hands of cord-cutting was fairly imminent. Driven by the availability of quality – and in some cases exclusive – content via more moderately priced streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, the number of cord-cutters in the U.S. has grown each year, as more and more pay-TV customers grow weary of the price and quality of …
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Posted on July 22, 2015 by GWI

By Christoper Mitchell and Hannah Trostle Like many states, Maine is at a crossroads. Decisions made now around rural Internet access will impact the state for decades, just as smart decisions to electrify farms and rural regions dramatically improved quality of life, the economy, and transformed society. The question for Maine is whether it will embrace the technology of yesterday – cable, DSL, and many forms of wireless that are insufficiently reliable and have too …
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Posted on July 2, 2015 by Trevor Jones

Today, there is a robust dialogue at the state and national level about improving the quality of the broadband network so that we can remain competitive in the digital economy, but it wasn’t always so. Many, including the author of this article from MIT Technology Review, point to the first Google Fiber deployment in Kansas City in 2012 as an important catalyst.  Before Google Fiber, Verizon had stopped deployment of its FiOS fiber-to-the-home service to …
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Posted on June 26, 2015 by Trevor Jones

As Mainers debate the best approaches to improving broadband access in communities throughout our state, we should take heart in the knowledge that we have an extensive open-access middle-mile fiber network to build on. While there are networks similar to the Three Ring Binder out there, many states are still woefully behind us in building middle mile fiber and ensuring open access to that fiber for all providers. In those states, ISP’s interested in building …
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Posted on June 19, 2015 by Trevor Jones

It can be hard to hear the truth, but here it is:  When it comes to the problems with Maine Broadband, there are no magic bullets.  No wireless, cable, or phone provider is going to ride in on a white horse and chase away the “bad guys” that jeer Maine for how bad our broadband is.  Instead, we have a long, hard road ahead of us to replace closed, monopolized, antiquated copper networks with open, competitive, …
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Posted on June 10, 2015 by GWI

By Pat Welch, IT Support Technician Every once in a while, each of us experiences what seems to be a slow connection at home or at work.  Perhaps a movie is not streaming properly or a download is taking longer than we expect.  The question is, is the problem with the Internet connection, with our computer, or with the remote web server that is delivering the content to us.  In these cases, we can use …
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Posted on June 3, 2015 by Trevor Jones

There has never been more energy around better broadband in Maine than in 2015.  South Portland recently announced that its municipal network was coming online, Islesboro voted to spend $200,000 designing and planning for a municipal broadband network, and in the Maine Legislature, a handful of important bills have passed out of committee and will be coming to the House and Senate floors for debate.  Two of these bills, in particular, are important to accelerating …
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Posted on May 21, 2015 by Trevor Jones

Maine has a broadband problem.  It’s been discussed broadly in the local and national media, in events and conferences, and in the Maine State House in Augusta.  Multiple studies have shown that our broadband speeds are at or near the bottom of the pack among states, and are far slower than what is available in many third world countries. This deficiency is alarming given the steadily increasing importance of the Internet for our economy. Given …
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Posted on May 14, 2015 by Trevor Jones

By now, we all understand that businesses need high speed Internet access to thrive in today’s economy.  Businesses communicate with their customers online, use cloud computing to keep their books and maintain customer data, and buy and sell goods over the Internet.   The Internet and commerce have become so intertwined that 34% of new commercial jobs created are directly attributable to broadband Internet access. All this makes sense to us, but did you know that …
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Posted on April 16, 2015 by GWI

There is good news for consumers frustrated with the high cost of cable and satellite TV services; in recent months, the list of options for streaming popular programming has grown longer and streaming TV keeps getting easier. For cord-cutters with reliable broadband, it’s welcome news that new and affordable options for streaming TV continue to become available. Since most consumers blend TV and movies from a variety of providers, we’ve compiled a list of the …
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Posted on April 10, 2015 by Fletcher Kittredge

All across the nation, telecommunications companies make decisions about whether or not to ensure the reliability of Internet access in communities based solely on their own profits.  We shouldn’t fault them for this.  As for-profit enterprises, their first responsibility is to their shareholders; they are obligated to make decisions about the use of capital based upon which investments will yield the biggest return for shareholders. The question is, can our society afford to have decisions …
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Posted on April 2, 2015 by Fletcher Kittredge

Today, GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge testified before the Utilities and Technology Committee on LD 826, a bill before the Maine Legislature that would increase funding for the ConnectME Authority from $1,000,000 per year to $5,000,000 per year and keep investment focused on areas that have no connectivity today.  Kittredge testified both for and against the legislation. The following is his written testimony:   Chairman Woodsome, Chairman Dion and members of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, my name …
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Posted on March 27, 2015 by Trevor Jones

We’re all familiar with zombies, the undead corpses from post-apocalyptic fiction, video games and Halloween parties. You know they can turn their victims into zombies as well, but did you know that we may have had a digital “zombie apocalypse” in Maine in the past week? Recently, Maine’s state website, Maine.Gov, suffered extreme slowdowns due to a Distributed Denial of Service (“DDoS”) attack. DDoS attacks generally involve flooding a single device, such as a server …
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