Sanford to build Maine's largest municipal fiber optics network | News
SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The City of Sanford is planning to build the largest municipal
fiber optics network in the state.
The network will stretch for 32-miles, bringing faster internet service for businesses and government agencies. City officials say its all about economic development.
"Site locators are always looking to check the boxes. We want the box to say yes, Sanford has that. Certainly as a business attraction, we see it as a key item", said James Nimon, executive director, Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council.
The city is investing $1.5 million on a high-speed broadband project that they hope will bring in much more than that in economic development.
Sanford has 2-million square feet of empty warehouse space. City leaders are looking to fill some of that with IT companies. They're also hoping to attract other businesses who may not consider Sanford because of its "off the beaten path" location.
"Sanford does not have immediate access to the interstate, but with a fiber network we can have immediate proximity to the rest of the world. That's how we're going to solve many of our location aspects", said City Manager Steve Buck.
Sanford joins two other Maine communities to build their own Fiber Optics Network. South Portland and Rockport already have their own, but the one in Sanford would be the largest by far.