Last week, the town of Orono announced the beginning of a long-awaited utility for the university town and its island-based neighbor and shared what expansion of this service will look like in 2022.

In a Facebook Post from Thursday, October 28, the Town of Orono released information about an 'ultra-high-speed broadband service' that brings up to 1 Gigabit per second to locations across Orono and Old Town.

Orono partnered with OTELCO/OTO Fiber, to bring super fast 150 Mbps - 1 Gbps internet speeds to properties of Orono along main avenues including parts of Kelley Road, the more condensed residential areas of Main Street, and up a small portion of Bennoch road. Old Town's location of the fiber optic transmission of the internet is located along a portion of Stillwater Avenue into the Downtown area.

Town of Orono via Facebook
Town of Orono via Facebook

2022 will bring a large expansion of the fiber optic access across much of Orono and Old Town, including covering Orono's entire main road, Bennoch Road from Orono into Old Town, and all the up Stillwater from the I95 exit to Route 2, as well as French Island.

Town of Orono via Facebook
Town of Orono via Facebook

This fiber optic project adds another option for getting your internet in Orono and Old Town. The current prices as outlined by the Town of Orono for this service depend on the speed you would like. The lowest speed to sign-up for is 150 Mbps at about $60 per month, the middle-of-the-road speed is 500 Mbps at $70 per month, and the highest speed is 1 Gbps costing $80 per month. Comparing Old Town's speeds from a more popular option of internet access right now through Spectrum, offers speeds of up to 100 Mbps costing about $50 per month, speeds up to 400 Mbps costing about $70 per month, and speeds up to 1 Gbps at around $110 per month.

For more information about this service, visit Otelco's website and stay up-to-date with the project by following Town of Orono on Facebook.

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