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Notice to Customers Regarding our Recent Filing in Maine Courts

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GWI has filed a lawsuit against Maine Fiber Company, the company that constructed and operates the 1,100 mile fiber-optic network in Maine known as the Three Ring Binder. The Three Ring Binder was built, in large part, with Federal grant money after GWI filed a grant application in 2009. These funds were transferred to Maine Fiber Company in early 2010 to fulfill the promise that the new fiber network would be operated by a company that was independent of any other service provider. GWI’s goal was to encourage competition and ensure that the network was available to everyone on non-discriminatory terms. The Three Ring Binder as now configured does not meet the purpose and intent of the grant application we wrote in 2009. We fear subsequent decisions were made to extend the network to metropolitan markets to the south, at the cost of making it significantly more expensive to connect … Continue reading

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 track record of helping businesses take it to the next level and a deep commitment to growing Maine’s economy.  We are pleased to welcome him to the GWI team.” Sweeney has over 30 years of experience successfully leading financial as well as marketing and sales functions at a variety of different types of businesses.  He is known as a leader who builds strong teams, implements rigorous financial systems and creates precise growth metrics that help … Continue reading

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 list for a fifth time in a decade, and thankful to our loyal customers and hard-working employees for their contributions to our continued success.” said GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge.  “It is an exciting time for the company and we look forward to continued growth and innovation.” About GWI Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Biddeford, Maine, GWI is a leader in Northern New England’s telecommunication industry offering innovative and cost effective telephone and Internet solutions … Continue reading

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, GWI is committed to expanding broadband coverage and economic opportunity to all of Maine’s rural communities and small towns, even as we work to develop the ultra-high-speed gigabit fiber networks to attract jobs and industries of the future to our state.  Our investment in expanding service to residents and businesses in these areas is part of that effort.” GWI offers stand-alone high speed internet access to residential customers starting at $44.95 per month and residential … Continue reading

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 and business clients including, but not limited to broadband Internet, digital phone, private links, and web hosting.  Midcoast was one of the first companies on the east coast to install broadband connection via fixed wireless technologies and offers innovative wireless-to-fiber solutions for many who live on Maine’s islands.  In addition, the company has a track record of building cutting edge Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) networks.  Philbrook grew the company to $1.6 million in annual revenues and will … Continue reading

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 announcement last week that it had begun offering services in Calais and Dover-Foxcroft. Construction is currently underway in five additional communities in addition to the recently announced mixed-use Gigabit Main Street fiber network the company is building in Orono and Old Town. GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge said of the concurrent projects, “As a Maine-based company, GWI is committed to expanding broadband coverage and economic opportunity to all of Maine’s rural communities and small towns, even … Continue reading

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 in seven additional communities in addition to the recently announced mixed-use Gigabit Main Street fiber network the company is building in Orono and Old Town. GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge said of the concurrent projects, “As a Maine-based company, GWI is committed to expanding broadband coverage and economic opportunity to all of Maine’s rural communities and small towns, even as we work to develop the ultra-high-speed gigabit fiber networks to attract jobs and industries of the … Continue reading

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 local and national news media.  Here are a selection of the articles and broadcasts about Gigabit Main Street in the past week: Local News Media “Old Town, Orono residents and businesses to receive ‘super-high-speed’ Internet” Bangor Daily News by Nick McCrea (May 3) “It’s coming together in the Bangor region” Bangor Daily News by Michael W. Aube (May 3) “Bangor is Poised for Great Things” Bangor Daily News by John Porter (May 6) “Internet Service … Continue reading

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