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High-speed data network completed in Maine


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 1,100-mile high-speed Internet project connecting more than 100 Maine communities is completed and accepting customers.

The Three Ring Binder project is named for the three rings of fiber-optic networks that circle through rural western, eastern and northern Maine. It spans 110,000 households, 600 schools, libraries and other institutions and 38 government facilities.

Jeff McCarthy from Maine Fiber said Friday that there are already 12 customers leasing fiber on the network and another 29 contracts under consideration.

Much of the cost was funded through federal stimulus money. The project was completed within its budget of less than $32 million.


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