ConnectME Planning Grant

    The Town of Bowdoinham applied for and received a $40,000 Planning Grant from ConnectME.  The grant will provide for planning a fiber optic network in the Town served by the latest IP fiber-to-the-home technology.  
    The grant will enable Lincolnville Communications, Inc. (LCI) to design a network, including middle mile network mapping, street level mapping, and construction cost estimates.  This analysis will also include a payback and a internal rate of return analysis to make sure the projects make sense financially.
     Lincolnville Communications has successfully completed many high speed internet projects, including 12 projects that were made possible by ConnectME infrastructure grant funding.  The Company and its affiliates provide a wide array of high speed internet, high speed data, voice, cable television and IPTV to approximately 15,000 customers in Mid-coast Maine.

    In January 2019, LCI completed their the planning work for the ConnectME Planning Grant!  LCI presented their findings to the Select Board at their January 29th Meeting.  LCI’s presentation is attached a the bottom of this page.  In all, it was determined that it will cost $580,630 to get our unserved residents connected to the internet.  Our next step will be to partner with LCI to apply for a ConnectME Infrastructure grant this spring.