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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 running large support organizations will also play a key role as we transition our residential and commercial business towards more fiber-based connections. We are pleased to welcome him to the GWI team.” Littlefield has over 30 years of experience successfully leading support organizations for companies with up to 20,000 employees. At McCain Foods, he developed and implemented a 5-year IT infrastructure strategic plan with an emphasis on aligning IT as a true business partner. At … Continue reading

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 appreciates MFC’s commitment to resolving our differences in a professional and constructive manner and we look forward to working together to enhance broadband speed and availability throughout our state.   # # #

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 and national broadband thought leader who oversaw the development of the National Broadband Plan.  Representatives from Axiom Technologies, Tilson Technologies, Maine Fiber Company, and the ConnectME Authority will also be participating in panel discussions and Q&A. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.  RSVP to Marian Alexandre at malexandre@smpdc.org or 207-324-2942 to reserve a seat.  

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

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