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Ultra-High-Speed Internet Coming to Communities Near UMaine
05/03/2012 02:43 PM ET  

The system is expected to provide residents of Old Town and Orono with Internet access that's 50 to 100 times faster than current speeds, at comparable cost, according to the network provider.

What's being described as ultra-high-speed Internet is coming to the Old Town and Orono communities surrounding the University of Maine campus. Biddeford-based GWI is building the network.

GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge says the gigabit-level system will allow residential and business customers to have Internet access that's 50 to 100 times faster than current speeds, at a comparable cost.

UMaine Professor Bruce Segee says for students, faculty and staff living near the university, the new network will provide the same level of connectivity found on campus.

"Instead of being sure to remember to bring a file home that you want to work on, instead of needing to make a special trip into the university to use a special piece of software or to work on a presentation, working at home, working in the office, will be the same level of responsiveness," Segee says.

A catalyst for the project is the University of Maine's participation in the nationwide Gig-dot-U initiative, a broad-based group of 37 research universities dedicated to making ultra-high-speed networks available to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities.

This story was reported by Ed Morin.


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