EASTBROOK — Following ongoing struggles with rural broadband connectivity and a city-supervised two-year process to resolve the issue, residents of Eastbrook now have access to high-speed internet.
The project provides Fidium Fiber Internet access through Consolidated Communications to almost all roads and homes in the city, except for a few camp roads that may be connected over the next two months when the weather is more cooperative. , and homes that are off-grid and need to make special arrangements, said First Selectmen Julie Curtis.
Funding for the project was made possible through a grant from the ConnectMaine Authority and funds from Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) obtained through the Weaver Wind Turbine Project.
While details are still being worked out, Curtis said that through the ConnectMaine grant, a fund will be created to help residents pay their internet bills.
Curtis had her high-speed internet set up last week and was pleased with the results and the technicians’ quick installation time.
“The internet is wonderful,” she said. “It was just unreal the difference.”
Residents can register by visiting the city’s website, which will direct them to Fidium’s website.
The company offers different speed options that customers can sign up for.
Curtis said she opted for the plan that offers 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) speeds, which is the fastest and according to Fidium, the most popular. It runs $70 per month.
Curtis said with four people in his household and technology being used often, whether surfing a cell phone or streaming TV shows, the plan was best suited for his family.
The next plan is $60 per month for speeds of 250 Mbps (megabits per second).
The cheapest plan is $35 per month for 50 Mbps.
For context, streaming a movie on Netflix requires speeds of at least 1.5 Mpbs, according to ConnectMaine. To stream in “Ultra HD,” it takes 25 Mbps, according to Netflix.