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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.

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.

Content UPDATE: October 6, 2021

Looking for more information on what it means to “Cut the Cord” from cable TV service?

Cutting the Cord” refers to how a subscriber to Southport Fiber will now be able to access both television content and telephone service over their fiber optic Internet network. Click on the link above to access the memo from Axiom Technologies, Mark Ouellette to the Southport Broadband Committee with information on the meaning of “Cord Cutting” and the availability of educational opportunities hosted by the National Digital Equity Center, to assist Maine residents to maximizing the benefits of fiber optic access to the Internet through their community broadband networks.

Timeline Update:

Update Posted: October 25, 2021:

Southport Column, Boothbay Register:
“Axiom reports that they are receiving a steady stream of calls from Southporters requesting to sign-up for Southport Fiber Internet service. It is clear that the road signs you see around the island, and the brochures at the Post Office and the Town Office are getting the attention of both year-round and seasonal residents. (NOTE: See button below to click for digital copy of the Southport Fiber brochure.)

In response to a key question about how to get TV and phone access over the Internet, the Southport Broadband Committee’s website has posted an update to courses being offered to Southport residents. (NOTE: See Content Update button above to click for this document.)

For more information please use this link, https://
www.southportislandcommunitybroadband.org/ or reach out directly to the Committee by email southportcommunitybroadband@gmail.com or with a written note to Post Office Box 298, Southport, ME 04576.”


Update Posted: August 23, 2021:

Axiom Technology’s bid for the project construction phase of Southport’s fiber optic broadband network and their bid to become the network’s Internet Service Provider were both approved by the Southport Select Board after the close of the RFP bid process that took place this past June and July.

The PUBLIC / PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT BETWEEN Town of Southport AND AXIOM Technologies, LLC was signed by the Southport Selectmen and Mark Ouellette of Axiom on July 28, 2021.

Also signed on July 28, 2021 was the Internet Service Agreement between the Town of Southport and Axiom Technologies, LLC.

Project Construction:
Over the next year Axiom Technologies is teaming with Hawkeye Connections to build Southport’s fiber optic broadband network. Axiom and Hawkeye look forward to working together on Southport. If you see Hawkeye trucks or meet someone unexpectedly walking down your driveway, this “on the ground” pole survey project is the next step of the process to determine where Southport’s fiber cables will be placed. Hawkeye and Axiom trucks will become a fixture in the community as they do their work to construct our “Fiber to the Home” network.

Internet Service Provider:
Axiom, in business for over 17 years delivering critical communication services to rural Maine communities, will be Southport’s Internet Service Provider. In the months to come, Axiom will take pre-installation phone calls to discuss any questions that Southport community members may have, and to take subscription sign ups. Axiom will work closely with town officials and the Southport Broadband Committee to keep everyone informed of the progress. We all look forward to talking with you!

Project Brochure:

For additional information please click on the project brochure link below:

Questions?

Please get in touch with the Southport Broadband Committee with your questions. We look forward to hearing from you.


SouthportCommunityBroadband@gmail.com

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.

How you can help bring high-speed, affordable reliable broadband to 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