The Southport Community Broadband initiative to bring equal access to high-speed affordable and reliable broadband service to all island properties is moving forward!

We thank our voters for making this possible.

With a vote of 96 to 85, Southport residents approved the warrant article put forth at the Special Town Meeting on May 7, 2021:

Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to seek bonding, not to exceed $2,480,000.00, for the purpose of creating a Southport owned FIBER OPTIC SYSTEM to allow access to high speed internet to every Southport household and business.

We have a lot of work to do before the cost of this project can be determined and we can know what combination of grant funds, private individual support, and municipal bond funding will be needed. To stay informed please watch this website for updates.

Timeline:

The Town of Southport is currently seeking proposals on the design, build-out and operation of a town-wide fiber-to-the-premise broadband network.

JUNE 7, 2021
A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for this project was sent to the list of internet service providers and contractors provided to the Town by our planning partner, The Island Institute. Anyone who did not receive this email is welcome to access the RFP document via the link attached below

JUNE 30, 2021
The deadline to submit a bid is 12:00 noon Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Bids received by this deadline will be publicly opened at the Southport Select Board meeting on Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Please get in touch with the Southport Broadband Committee with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
SouthportCommunityBroadband@gmail.com

Links to documents:

Planning Report – Axiom Technologies

Financial Overview

Example: Household Cost for Southport Fiber Optic Internet

Maine Broadband Coalition’s Speed Test. You can help us identify the areas on Southport where current Internet speeds are below the level of “adequate service”. Please click on the link below and follow the directions to take this “Speed Test” at your home here on Southport.

Two very important ways that all Southport residents can help the Broadband Committee move this project forward, maximizing our ability to seek grant funds and our ability to share project updates and keep our community informed.

1. Please click on the link above and take the Maine Broadband Coalition’s Speed test.

2. Please help us stay in touch with you.


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Southport Community Broadband PO Box 298 Southport, ME 04576 207-217-7743 southportcommunitybroadband@gmail.com