Suit filed over Maine fiber-optic network

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2014 at 6:19 am •  Published: January 14, 2014
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford-based Internet service provider has sued the operator of a system designed to bring high-speed broadband service to rural areas of Maine, claiming it failed to live up to its promises.

GWI claims in the suit against Maine Fiber Co., which built and now operates the so-called Three Ring Binder fiber-optic network, installed too few connection points, making it prohibitively expensive to physically connect the 10 gigabit-per-second service to homes in remote areas.

The suit also accuses Maine Fiber of breach of contract and fraudulent concealment, and claims that the dearth of connections violates rules for the $25.4 million federal stimulus grant that was used to build the network.

Maine Fiber CEO Dwight Allison denied the allegations and said the suit stems from a payment dispute with GWI.