Welcome to the home of the 3 Bridged Island Broadband project!
The 3 Bridged Islands Broadband Task Force was formed in 2017 to promote and facilitate the construction of a high speed reliable and affordable broadband network by which third parties can provide services and communications for all citizens and businesses in our connected three island communities. Doing so will foster economic growth & jobs, attract full time and seasonal residents, sustain local business, support local government, and encourage the development of advanced community services.
Big News! USDA ReConnect Funding
On December 12/9, Arrowsic Select Board chair Sukey Heard received a letter from USDA offering $1.2 million grant/loan combination that will fund building fiber-based internet service to all residences. USDA has since announced that the next application window for broadband funding opens 1/31 and closes 3/16. The work of 3BI has shifted to executing the Arrowsic project while applying for funding and coordinating construction with neighboring Georgetown and sharing learnings with Southport.
Update: Arrowsic passes warrant to approve USDA award 98 to 5
Arrowsic Project News
On December 12/9, Arrowsic Select Board chair Sukey Heard received a letter from USDA offering $1.2 million grant/loan combination from the first round of the USDA ReConnect program that will fund building fiber-based internet service to all residences. Key points are:
- The proposed system will make internet speeds of 100 Mbps available to every household.
- The financial terms are excellent; there is no more economical way to get this system built. Most likely, the system will generate more than enough cash to service the USDA loan (at subscriber rates similar or lower than we pay now) – so the risk to Town tax rate is small.
- The Town has until early February (unless extended) to formally accept USDA’s offer.
- This means we will vote at a Special Town Meeting probably in mid January. Some important details still need to be worked out, including how Arrowsic will manage the contracts and the buildout work.
- Given a majority “Yes” vote, construction theoretically starts within 180 days.
Arrowsic fiber map
Learn more about Broadband in Maine
Help the project by doing a simple speed test at your home – simply follow the speed test instructions below and send us the speeds you see, along with your address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll take that information and plot it on the mapping tool we are using to prepare our grant applications.
Speed test instructions:
- Browse to www.speedof.me
- The speed test page looks like the image above; DO NOT click on the ads that may appear to the left or right.
- Stop doing anything else on the internet (especially streaming a movie), and click “Start Test” in the lower left corner.
- The result looks like the image below.
- Please send in your Download and Upload speeds (in this test they are 6.63 Mbps and 820 Kbps); the date and time of the test; and your location (such as your home address) to email@example.com