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.

Partnering with Internet provider GWI (www.gwi.net), the winning bidder in response a Request For Proposals (RFP) that the city issued, the City will initiate a three-phase project that will bring approximately four miles of optical fiber, and ultra-high-speed Internet service, to a significant portion of the City. The first phase will connect Maine’s “3-Ring Binder” to the Mill Creek, Knightville Ocean Avenue, Highland Avenue and Evans Avenue corridors; the second phase will connect the James Baka Drive, Western Avenue, Westbrook Street and Wescott Road corridors; and a third phase will expand the network even farther, as funding becomes available.

For more information on Next Century Cities, visit their website at http://nextcenturycities.org/