The City of South Portland
is proud to be an inaugural member of Next Century Cities, a bipartisan, city-to-city initiative dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities.
South Portland Mayor Gerard “Jerry” Jalbert
On South Portland: “This is one of our opportunities that we can attract and retain businesses, but we can also attract and retain people. Residents, regardless of what their walk of life might be, have ever increasing need for technology. They need high-speed Internet to make that happen.”
On Next Century Cities: “It doesn’t take a wizard to see that improving Internet infrastructure is critical to the economic future of our country. Our city already has outstanding educational and business resources, but moving ahead confidently like this will help secure high educational aspirations, quality of life and economic security for future generations of South Portland residents.”
What South Portland is working on: The City of South Portland project is an innovative public/private partnership to deploy a fiber-optic, “gigabit-per-second” Internet network that will serve both business and residential customers within the City.
In 2014, the City of South Portland contracted GWI to build and manage a ultra-high speed, fiber optic internet network. The network is state of the art, offering speeds 100 times faster than today's broadband and is unique for the state and region. In the past four years since, the network has grown exponentially with plans to build out to the entire city.
If you are a business or a resident of South Portland and want to get connected, please fill in your information at www.gwi.net/south-portland or call GWI at 207.494.5596.
For more information on Next Century Cities, visit their website at http://nextcenturycities.org/