Town Manager William Post
On Next Century Cities
What Rockport is working on
This was purely an economic development project to start with and driven largely by the desires of Maine Media College’s need for faster internet speeds, as well as to make Rockport’s small downtown village more viable. There are several buildings in the Village that are underutilized to some degree, and several new buildings that are ready to be rebuilt, all with a spectacular view of Rockport Harbor as a backdrop.
Our project was the result of a public private partnership involving the College, Maine Research and Education Network, the Town of Rockport and GWI, a local internet service provider. The Town utilized funds from Maine REN and Tax Increment Financing to construct the 1.2 miles of “dark fiber” that will be owned by the Town and used by several ISP providers.
It is our belief by providing gigabit internet speeds; in a place as beautiful as Rockport, we will encourage business growth in not only Rockport but the surrounding communities as it will act as a catalyst for other communities to do the same.