Biddeford, ME – Biddeford Internet Corporation, d.b.a GWI, was awarded $655,409 in grant funding from the ConnectME Authority to build a high-speed fiber optic broadband network in the Town of Northport, Maine. GWI was one of a handful of applicants to receive a grant from the ConnectME Authority, Maine’s agency for promotion of broadband, in their most recent round of funding. The grant award will be coupled with GWI’s private investment to build a network that will cover 18 route miles and pass roughly 500 potential customers in an area that is in desperate need of modern internet infrastructure. “We are extremely excited to provide 21st century internet connectivity that is affordable and reliable to the Northport community, “ said Kerem Durdag, President and Chief Operating Officer of GWI. “We are committed to designing, building and operating networks that fulfill the goals of communities along principles of net neutrality, data privacy, digital inclusion and open access and we hope the Northport network is another example of our quality work across the state.”
GWI is currently working with the ConnectME Authority on the details of the grant and is expecting to have an updated timeline for project commencement and associated construction and service availability milestones soon.
“The Town of Northport welcomes GWI’s fiber build, which will bring next-generation internet service to approximately 45% of our community,” said Ann Frenning Kossuth, Chair of the Northport Broadband Internet Committee. “This is a huge step forward in serving Northport with reliable fiber internet.”