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Tom Kinney to lead GWI’s growth in changing landscape

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(Biddeford, Maine) GWI, a Maine-owned Internet services provider, has hired Tom Kinney as Chief Revenue Officer. Kinney has previously been a Division President for Time Warner Cable in both Austin, Texas and Portland, Maine, and altogether spent more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry. Kinney’s move to GWI comes at a time when Maine political leaders are wrestling with strategic decisions about whether and how to support the deployment gigabit-per-second fiber Internet networks in …
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Maine ISP releases “gigabit roadmap” for municipalities

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(Biddeford, Maine) GWI has released “Roadmap to Building a Community Gigabit Network: A step-by-step guide for Maine municipalities.” The move comes in the wake of increased national attention on the necessity of building high-speed Internet infrastructure, an issue that President Barrack Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address to the nation last week. The guide is available for download at this link: www.gwi.net/communitygigabit “After South Portland and Rockport announced last year that they …
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Maine city takes bold Internet stride

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(South Portland, Maine) This morning the City of South Portland announced an innovative public/private partnership to deploy a fiber-optic, “gigabit-per-second” Internet network that will serve both business and residential customers within the City. Partnering with Internet provider GWI (www.gwi.net), the winning bidder in response to a Request For Proposal (RFP) that the city issued, the City will initiate a three-phase project that will bring approximately four miles of optical fiber, and ultra high-speed Internet service, …
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Bloomberg TV Jeers Maine Internet Speeds

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BIDDEFORD, MAINE – Maine is receiving national attention it doesn’t necessarily want: a terrible review of the poor quality of Internet speeds available in the state, and as a result, serious questions about the state’s economic future. Bloomberg Television published a report today (http://bloom.bg/1qb8Rx7) entitled, “Maine’s Big Problem: Why Is Internet Service So Bad?” To tee up the story on its web site, Bloomberg TV wrote, “If being online is the future of business, what …
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Partners Bring Ultra-Fast Internet to Rockport

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The Town of Rockport, Maine Media Workshops + College, Network Maine (part of the UMaine System), and internet service provider GWI worked together to bring ultra-fast fiber optic internet infrastructure to the Rockport village area. The “High Tech Harbor” project, now in its final phases, delivers internet up to 100 times faster than a regular broadband connection to homes and businesses nearby. “It is widely recognized that Maine’s economic future is bound up with our …
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NEWS ALERT: Ultra-fast Internet coming to Maine

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ROCKPORT, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine, the Town of Rockport, Maine Media Workshops + College, GWI and Network Maine (part of the UMaine System) will hold a press conference on Monday to officially launch the first municipally-owned ultra-fast internet network in Maine. Attending the press conference at the invitation of Senator King will be Susan P. Crawford, who served as President Barack Obama’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. She …
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GWI proposes Maine upgrade broadband, erase “rural tax”

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BIDDEFORD, MAINE – The CEO of a Maine-owned Internet service provider released a position paper today that outlines “10 Recommendations for Improving Maine’s Inferior Broadband Standing.” The publication is in response to an unexpected finding that shook Maine’s business and political communities earlier this year. In January, Portland Press Herald writer J. Craig Anderson reported that the state of Maine ranks 49th out of the 50 states for its quality and availability of high-speed Internet …
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Edward Littlefield Joins GWI as Director of Support

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BIDDEFORD, MAINE – GWI announced the hiring of Edward Littlefield, most recently the Owner & Principal of Collaborative IT Solutions LTD, as Director of Support. In his new role, Littlefield will oversee both residential and business technical & field support. “Ed’s extensive experience in IT and managed services will be vital for us as we offer more and more managed services to our business customers,” said GWI VP of Operations Heather Kelley. “His track record …
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Dispute with Maine Fiber Company Settled

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BIDDEFORD, MAINE – GWI is pleased to announce that business disagreements between the company and Maine Fiber Company (MFC) of Portland, Maine have been settled in a mutually beneficial manner, and litigation will not proceed. Terms of the settlement are confidential, but GWI is pleased to move forward with MFC under a structure which will enable GWI to pursue our long-term, strategic business objective of bringing high-speed internet service to rural areas of Maine. GWI …
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Fletcher Kittredge to Speak at Southern Maine Broadband Summit

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GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge will join national and local broadband leaders in presenting at the Southern Maine Broadband Summit tomorrow April 30, 2014 from 8:30-Noon at the Harold Alfond Forum on the University of New England’s Biddeford Campus. Kittredge will join representatives from Fairpoint Communications and TDS Telecom for a panel discussion entitled “Investing in Maine Broadband Infrastructure- on the front lines.” The Summit’s keynote will be delivered by Blair Levin, a former FCC official …
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Pat Sweeney Joins GWI Senior Leadership To Help Achieve Aggressive Growth Plan

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BIDDEFORD, MAINE – GWI announced the hiring of Pat Sweeney, most recently the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Interim-CEO at MaineToday Media (MTM), as Chief Financial Officer to help lead an aggressive five year growth plan building on strong current market momentum. “Pat is the right person to help GWI build on our market momentum to achieve a very innovative, aggressive five-year growth plan,” said GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge.  “He has a tremendous …
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GWI Recognized as One of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies by Inc.com. Makes the Inc. 5000 for the Fifth Time

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Biddeford, Maine- GWI has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc. magazine, making the Inc. 5000 List for a fifth time in the last decade, and again joining a select group of growth companies in Maine. GWI offers a suite of broadband Internet, phone, and cloud computing services for business customers.  It also offers phone and Internet services for residential customers. “We’re proud to have made the Inc. 5000 …
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GWI Broadband and Phone Services Expands in Rural Northern and Southern Maine

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Biddeford, Maine –  GWI announced today that it has completed construction of network facilities in the northern Maine towns of Ashland and Madawaska and in the Goodwin Mills area of Lyman and Dayton in southern Maine.  GWI is now offering its line of residential broadband and phone services, as well as its business broadband, phone, and cloud computing services in those communities. GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge said of the concurrent projects, “As a Maine-based company, …
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GWI Continues to Expand, Acquires Midcoast Internet Solutions: Adds 2,495 Business and Residential Customers from Bath to Belfast and Fixed Wireless Expertise

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Rockland, Maine – Biddeford, Maine-based GWI, Inc. today announced that it has closed a deal to acquire Rockland-based Midcoast Internet Solutions adding 2,495 business and residential customers from Bath to Belfast as well as expertise in fixed wireless broadband service. Midcoast Internet Solutions was founded in April 1995 by CEO Jason Philbrook.  The company has grown consistently by offering innovative Internet solutions and fast, friendly Maine-based customer service.  The company offers many services to residential …
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GWI Broadband and Phone Services Now Available in Lincoln and Danforth, Maine

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Biddeford, Maine –  GWI announced today that it has completed construction of network facilities in Lincoln and Danforth, Maine and is now offering its line of residential broadband and phone services, as well as its business broadband, phone, and cloud computing services in those communities. GWI’s expansion into Lincoln and Danforth is part of a larger effort by the Biddeford-based communications company to expand its broadband coverage in Maine in 2012, and follows the company’s …
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GWI Broadband and Phone Services Now Available in Dover-Foxcroft and Calais, Maine

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Biddeford, Maine –  GWI announced today that it has completed construction of network facilities in Calais and Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and is now offering its line of residential broadband and phone services, as well as its business broadband, phone, and cloud computing services in those communities. GWI’s expansion into Calais and Dover-Foxcroft is part of a larger effort by the Biddeford-based communications company to expand its broadband coverage in Maine in 2012. Construction is currently underway …
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GWI In the News: Stories of Gigabit Main Street from around the US:

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On Wednesday May 3, GWI joined the University of Maine and Gig.U in announcing Gigabit Main Street, a project to deliver ultra-high-speed Internet service to homes and businesses, starting in Orono and Old Town, ME.   Construction is beginning this summer on this network, which will provide residential Internet speeds starting at 250Mbps for $59.95 per month. There are very few networks like Gigabit Main Street nationwide, and so the announcement was big news in both …
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University of Maine Becomes One of the Fastest Moving “Gig.U” Universities in the Country: GWI’s Gigabit Main Street Network to Drive Economic Development in Orono and Old Town

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Orono, Maine – University of Maine President Paul Ferguson, GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge, national Gig.U executive director Blair Levin were joined today by local and regional business and municipal leaders to announce GWI, Inc.’s plans to build an ultra-high-speed, Gigabit Main Street Internet Network in the Old Town and Orono communities surrounding the University of Maine campus to drive innovation and create economic opportunity.  The completed network will give the Maine communities an Internet network …
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GWI Signs Top Corporate Partner Deal With Leading Maine Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

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Biddeford, Maine – Maine-based GWI, Inc. and the Maine Center For Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) today announced a partnership whereby GWI will become a top Maine corporate sponsor and Technology Innovation and Mission Partner for all of MCED’s economic development efforts across the state.  Over the next three years, GWI will provide both cash to fund programs and industry leading Internet and cloud computing resources for MCED and participating entrepreneurs. In return, MCED will connect GWI …
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GWI Announces Managed Security Services Offering

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Businesses Can Benefit from Best-In-Class Security, 24/7 Support & Flexible Pricing Packages BIDDEFORD, MAINE – Leading northern New England telecommunications company GWI, Inc. today announced a new Managed Security Services offering providing businesses of all sizes with best-in-class data security, 24/7 support and flexible pricing packages. Businesses face new and more sophisticated attacks on their information technology (IT) infrastructure every day, yet not every business has full time IT staff or the specialized network experience …
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