Franklin County to have 98% broadband coverage by summer

At the Wilton Select Board meeting on Tuesday, March 5, Charlie Woodworth told the Select Board the goals of the initiative were coming to fruition and approximately 98% of Franklin County will have access to broadband and fiber optic internet services in some form by mid-summer.

November 2023 Newsletter

Updates on connecting all of our communities with fast fiber internet, our digital literacy program providing free tech help, CEI’s Childcare Business Lab, and workforce housing.

$1 million federal grant awarded for broadband implementation in six towns within Franklin County

$1 million federal grant awarded for broadband implementation in six towns within Franklin County   On August 20, 2020 the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced that Greater Franklin Development Council (GFDC) was awarded an Economic & Infrastructure Development grant for its competitive application. NBRC’s press release stated, “We believe that this year’s awardees are […]

Vote YES on 1 on July 14th

On July 14th, Vote YES on 1 for better internet! Access to reliable high-speed internet should be available for every one of our households and businesses as it enables increased opportunities for education, workforce development and healthcare – all of which lead to a vibrant community and a strong economy. The internet is the vehicle […]

Vote Yes on 1 for Better Internet – Virtual Town Hall Meeting on June 15

Vote Yes on 1 for Better Internet – Virtual Town Hall Meeting on June 15 Vote Yes on 1 for Better Internet Virtual Town Hall Meeting MONDAY, JUNE 15 – 3:00PM REGISTER HERE The Vote Yes on 1 for Better Internet campaign will hold a virtual town hall meeting at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 15. […]

Testifying in Support of LD520

On January 8th, GFDC Executive Director Charlie Woodworth testified in favor of LD520: a $100 million bond to support the implementation of broadband internet in unserved and underserved rural Maine. Charlie testified the following on behalf of GFDC and representing the Franklin County Broadband Initiative (FCBI):   “Like all of rural Maine, Franklin County is […]

Franklin County Broadband Plan Presentation on January 31, 2018

Last winter the grassroots collaborative Franklin County Broadband Initiative (FCBI) began the process to apply for state funding to support a county‐wide Broadband Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide each town with a choice of internet speeds with corresponding implementation costs to provide reliable internet connectivity. This will allow businesses, students, healthcare […]