Here’s what Maine islands face in getting faster Internet

Posted 2015-12-09

By Darren Fishell / Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — As two Maine islands have charted a course for getting faster Internet, a study released Wednesday sets out the options for the other 14 to follow suit.

The Island Institute-funded study suggests Maine’s islands could benefit by collaborating on the buildout of their own high-speed data connections, if they decide to follow in the footsteps of Islesboro, which is developing plans to build its own fiber-optic network.

And if they decide against the relatively high cost of top speeds, there are other options.

“The next step is working with [the islands] to come to the best possible solution,” said Briana Warner, economic development director for the Island Institute.