CALAIS – Downeast Broadband Utility is now providing service to more than 1,600 customers in Baileyville and Calais.
Calais City Manager Mike Ellis said the idea to form their own utility came about when the two towns got tired of hearing they didn’t have a dense enough population for other providers to invest in high-speed internet for the area.
With the help of Pioneer Broadband of Houlton, they formed their own nonprofit municipal utility owned by the citizens of the two communities.
“This is going to allow our communities to connect to the rest of the world and be able to compete whether it’s in business or in economy,” Ellis said.
The broadband project has been two and a half years in the making.
It is scheduled to be completed by April.
Ellis said they are now looking at ways they might be able to connect other small towns into their network .