fiber optic

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The June 28, 2022 Special Town Meeting voting results are as follows:

Article 2

Yes : 144        No : 129        Blank : 2

Article 3

Yes : 124        No : 144        Blank : 7

Article 4

Yes : 126        No : 134        Blank : 15

The warrant for this meeting can be viewed here.

$653,118.30 has been spent on this project--including planned material costs, as well as unexpected legal costs.  Costs that have been spent to this point are not refundable.  Breaking contracts will be added expense.  Grant money that has been awarded is applicable toward completed projects only.

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APRIL 27, 2022

Awarded $400,000 from the ConnectMaine grant to build municipal owned fiber optic network.

APRIL 20, 2022

Open meeting at Southport Town Hall for residents to discuss questions with Axiom, Broadband Committee, and Selectmen regarding the fiber optic network to be installed.

APRIL 13, 2022

Receive two petitions from four residents to cease work on broadband network, and to allocate funds for only those underserved by current internet providers.  Legal counsel enlisted in guidance moving forward with holding a Special Town Meeting.  

MARCH 30, 2022

Secured $1,500,000 line of credit from The First to pay for upfront costs of building the fiber optic network, anticipated to be paid back by subscriber fees.  

MARCH 9, 2022

Awarded a $10,000 planning grant from the Island Institute.

OCTOBER 6, 2021

Maine Public Utility Commission approves pole attachment license

Southport Public Hearing at 6:00pm to discuss Articles 2-4 on the warrant for the June 28, 2022 Special Town Meeting.  

Southport Public Hearing at 6:00pm to discuss Articles 2-4 on the warrant for the June 28, 2022 Special Town Meeting. 

 

Those unable to attend in person were able to join via Zoom.  That meeting can be viewed by clicking here. Passcode to watch is: 361Hendricks!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Awarded ARPA funds of $63, 369.48

JULY 28, 2021

After consulting with Island Institute, contract signed with Axiom

JULY 7, 2021

Selectmen reviewed, with Broadband Committee members and an Island Institute representative, and voted to accept Axiom's bid.

JUNE 30, 2021

12:00pm deadline for receiving proposals.  Spectrum had called during 6/16 Selectmen's Meeting in ask questions regarding RFP, however Axiom was the only ISP to submit a proposal.

JUNE 7, 2021

RFPs are sent to a list of internet service providers and contractors provided by the Island Institute. Other ISP's and contractors are encouraged to review and submit.

MAY 7, 2021

With a vote of 96 to 85, Southport residents voted in favor

of creating a Southport owned fiber optic system. 

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