At a Glance
The City of Rockport, Maine Media Workshops and College, Network Maine and Great Works Internet partnered to develop a new broadband system. The new broadband system can transmit 1,000 megabits of data per second - 500 times faster than what has been in place, with evidence that tasks that used to take 45 minutes can now be performed in 30 seconds. The new network is symmetrical, meaning users can download and upload at the same speed. The town, state and Maine Media helped pay for the installation of the fiber optic line at a cost of about $80,000 while GWI provided the engineering. What makes this unique is that the town will own the fiber optic line the Internet runs on, GWI will pay the town $14 per month for every user along the line, though they have earned a credit for their investment in the system. About 70 potential users are along the line.