Update – Bowdoinham’s Fiber Optic Internet Project

Work continues to bring fiber optic internet to over 200 homes in the most rural portions of Bowdoinham that currently do not have access to high speed broadband. The Town of Bowdoinham and LCI Fiber Optic Network, with the assistance of a ConnectME grant, have partnered to tackle this large infrastructure project that will require that 25 miles of fiber optic cabling to be installed on over 700 telephone poles on the following roads:

 

Batchelder Rd.,

 

Cranberry Way,

 

Hatch Point Lane,

 

River Rd.,

Beechnut Ridge,

 

Dingley Rd.,

 

Hunter Lane,

 

S. Pleasant St.,

Carding Machine Rd.,

 

Eagle Wing Lane,

 

Island View Lane,

 

Wallace Way,

Carlson Cross Rd.,

 

Fiddlehead Lane,

 

Pioneer Rd.,

 

White Rd.

 

Work Completed to date:

  • Detailed design work has now been completed by LCI engineers.
  • All 700+ telephones poles have been permitted through the Maine PUC.
  • 25 miles of pole “make ready” work is underway.
  • A network equipment hub and office space has been secured in the Ames Mill building on Front St. in Richmond.
  • Network distribution equipment has been ordered.

Next Steps:

  • In Jan:
    • Complete network hub equipment installation in Richmond office.
    • Begin installing fiber optic cabling on 700+ poles.
    • LCI Customer Service Reps will contact all Bowdoinham residents who have applied for service.
  • In Feb/March/April
    • Complete the remining 25 miles of fiber optic cabling build out.
    • Complete the first round of fiber optic internet service installations at approx. 125 homes.

 

There is still time to be included in the first round of installations that will take place in Feb, March and April. 

 

Any questions about the project can be sent to Alan Hinsey at alanh@lcifiber.net.