Speedy internet service arrives in Stonington

STONINGTON — At long last, the town of Stonington has fast “gigabit” internet service available, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the town and Consolidated Communications (CCI).

What is a gigabit? The company says gigabit speed just means “really, really fast” internet. Gigabit service, delivered through fiber, provides upload and download speeds of 1 gigabit or 1,000 megabits per second.

“It’s pretty exciting for us,” said Stonington Town Manager Kathleen Billings. “I have been so pleased with the progress so far and CCI working with us helping to find funding, along with our money appropriated at town meetings to make it happen. I hope it helps Stonington long into the future, and it has been a good partnership for us both to commit to this major economic development project.”

A spokesman for Consolidated said gig speeds are 20 times faster than the national average internet service as reported by the 2020 State of the Internet Report.

“This major speed and access upgrade is important for the state as it works to close a gap in broadband access,” the spokesman said. “New Hampshire and Vermont also have access to the service beginning today (Nov. 15).”

The town of Eastbrook is also getting this high-speed fiber connection availability.

The spokesman said the new fiber technology being used, called Fidium, “offers plans starting at 1 gig fiber internet for $70 a month, including installation and equipment.” However, a variety of high-speed fiber plans are available starting at $35 per month.

Jennifer Osborn

News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.

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