Pioneer Broadband to Design Fiber Optic Network for Calais/Baileyville

 

 

Pioneer Broadband has been hired by Downeast Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) to create an open-access dark fiber optic network design to serve the City of Calais and the Town of Baileyville.  

Starting in 2015, DEDC invited Pioneer Broadband to meet and discuss possible improvements for local Internet access.  It was noted there were limited choices in Woodland Village and the Calais metro area, but many outlying areas were severely limited, and no service available in some areas.  The DEDC Board of Directors decided to commission a plan to study what could be done to achieve higher speeds and symmetrical Internet access to attract businesses and residents to the area.  Upon studying the options, they concluded the best path would be for the municipalities to create a dark fiber optic-based infrastructure.  Pioneer provided a feasibility study that showed that the infrastructure project could work and provide radically improved speed and service. 

Pioneer Broadband will design an open-access dark fiber network infrastructure.  The intent is to make fiber optic service available to each home or business in both communities. Compared to the legacy copper-based networks, fiber optic lines can provide tremendous capacity for growth. By design, the open-access concept of this network will allow service providers to lease fiber strands at a reasonable cost to serve individual customers.   

Julie Jordan, Director of Downeast Economic Development Corporation said, “I’m pleased to say that the Baileyville Town Council, Calais City Council and Downeast Economic Development Board of Directors have all endorsed this exciting project.  We look forward to working with Pioneer and developing results that can dramatically improve service in our towns.  With the construction of the fiber optic infrastructure, Calais and Baileyville businesses and residents will have access to state of the art, high speed, reliable Internet and these communities will be poised for the jobs of today and tomorrow.  Telecommuting options, telemedicine, online education, and media streaming will all be greatly enhanced.”   

For more information about this project, contact Julie Jordan at ewced@outlook.com or call 207-214-5926.