PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - FairPoint Communications says it's going to expand and upgrade broadband Internet service in dozens of rural Maine towns.
Under the plan, more than 6,000 homes and businesses in 44 towns that currently have no broadband or only low-speed access will see new high-speed broadband access. The work will span three years with about a third of the communities coming online each year.
FairPoint says it will leverage about $1 million from the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund to help pay for the work. The Connect America Fund's purpose is to provide high-speed broadband services to an estimated 18 million Americans who currently don't have access.
The FCC is spending $386 million nationally to expand broadband to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.
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