SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of South Portland has entered into a partnership with Biddeford based internet provider GWI to set up a four-mile optical fiber network that will roll out in three phases.
Maine has some of the slowest Internet service in the country. The state's broadband service ranks 49 out of 50 for speed and availability. On the new fiber network, data will be able to travel at a gigabit, or one thousand megabits per second.
"It's a hundred times faster to download stuff," said GWI Founder and CEO Fletcher Kittredge. "And its symmetric, so it's just a fast to upload and download."
The city had been looking for a faster and more reliable way to network its municipal buildings. This partnership also allows businesses and homes along those corridors to hop on the fiber network too.