WESTPORT ISLAND, Maine – Spectrum today announced the completion of a 27-mile fiber-optic network extension to 205 homes in Westport Island. An investment of over $550,000 from Spectrum, combined with a contribution from the Town of $62,000 in ARPA funds, brought the total project investment to more than $625,000. Westport Island residents in this area can now sign up to access up to 1 Gig download speeds from Spectrum.
“I commend the efforts of the Town of Westport Island and Spectrum, as well as the strong commitment to sustaining a thriving island community through their highly successful partnership,” said State Representative Holly Stover. “Without access to broadband there has been an impact on Island life, on small businesses, remote learning for students, telehealth/healthcare connections and limited options for remote work. I know that this successful public private partnership will improve the quality of life for many households; now and into the future.”
Westport Island’s expansion comes on the heels of a number of Spectrum network buildouts in Maine. Last October, Spectrum announced the completion a $3 million network upgrade and launch of Spectrum’s high-speed broadband to more than 1,600 area homes and small businesses in Etna, Newburgh and Swanville. The Town of Easton is also working with Spectrum to expand its service to remaining unserved homes in the town.
"As the state's broadband agency, the Maine Connectivity Authority is excited to see this type of public-private partnership take shape,” said MCA President Andrew Butcher. “By leveraging local resources with private investment, we can address our collective goal of getting everyone a connection to high-speed internet as soon as possible."
“We have a consistent track record of investing in our network to provide high-value broadband, TV, mobile and voice services,” said Paul Schonewolf, Spectrum Area Vice President, Field Operations. “We are now delivering superior connectivity to residents in Westport Island at highly competitive prices, backed by an organization committed to craftsmanship and service.”
Spectrum serves over 466,000 customers in 295 communities and employs over 750 Mainers across the state. Last year, it expanded the reach of its network to an additional 10,000 homes and small businesses, making a capital investment of $73 million in technology and infrastructure in Maine.
Spectrum Internet® offers starting speeds of 300 Mbps, with Spectrum Internet Ultra providing download speeds of 500 Mbps. All Spectrum Internet plans have no modem fees, data caps or contracts, and qualifying households can use Affordable Connectivity Plan credits on any Spectrum Internet plan. For small and medium-sized businesses, Spectrum Business Internet Gig offers gigabit downloads, with 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps options also available.
Spectrum Mobile™, available exclusively to Spectrum Internet customers, combines the fastest overall speeds* with the best devices and a choice of Unlimited or By the Gig data plans. Spectrum Mobile provides customers the highest-quality experience, including access to nationwide 5G at great value, with new Unlimited lines starting at just $29.99 a month.
Spectrum TV® brings extensive programming lineups to the area, with more than 200 HD channels and access to 85,000 On Demand movies and shows. Using the Spectrum TV App, viewers can stream content across a growing number of platforms, including iOS and Android mobile devices, Xbox One, Kindle Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, XumoTVs and PCs.
Home phone service through Spectrum Voice® provides unlimited calling in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico; up to 28 popular calling features, including Call Guard, which helps block unwanted robocalls; and no added phone taxes or fees.
Visit www.spectrum.com or call 1-877-463-0677 for more information on Spectrum services.
* Fastest Overall Speeds claim based on Global Wireless Solutions’ combined cellular and WiFi speed test results in Spectrum service area where WiFi is available. Cellular speeds vary by location.
Spectrum is a suite of advanced communications services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.
For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.