Frequently Asked Questions About the Fiber to Premise Initiative

If you have questions about the nature of this project, Downeast Broadband Utility is here to answer them! We’re excited to bring faster internet to the Baileyville and Calais, Maine communities, and we plan to do so while keeping everyone informed along the way. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about fiber-optic broadband internet:

  • Will DBU be leasing fiber from Maine Fiber Company (3 Ring Binder) or using its own?
    DBU will use its own fiber, allowing for complete control of the network. The cost of the fiber has been included in the estimated construction costs.
  • Does DBU have a design plan?
    Yes – DBU contracted with Pioneer Broadband in July of 2016 to create an engineered design for the new network.
  • Will DBU provide the design plan to firms that are interested in the construction of the network?
    Yes, when DBU issues its requests for proposals to build the new network, the design plan will be a part of the RFP.
  • Has DBU done any research concerning the costs associated with the management of the new network?
    Based upon discussions with area providers, DBU has estimated an annual cost to operate/maintain the network. As with the construction phase of the project, DBU will issue a request for proposal to operate and maintain the network.
  • How will DBU pay for the operation and maintenance of the network before any revenues have started to flow?
    DBU’s financing of the project includes a line of credit during the construction phase (24 months). DBU will draw upon the line of credit to pay for construction
    and operational costs. After construction has been completed, the projected revenue stream will cover loan payments.
  • Do construction costs include attaching the fiber to the premise?
    No – project construction includes bringing the fiber to the curb. Costs associated with premise attachment are carried by the provider and passed along to the consumer. As with cable and DSL attachments, providers offer different payment options to their customers (i.e., 12 payments spread over the course of a year).

Should you have additional questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to get in touch with us. Also, be sure to join our mailing list so we can keep you informed as the project unfolds