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Matrix assisting Fayette in getting that much closer to a high-speed internet connection

The Maine Connectivity Authority (MCA) is expected to decide later this month whether to give final approval on the grant application submitted by Matrix Design Group to build a fiber network in Fayette. At a town meeting on Tuesday night, residents voted in favor of COVID-19 pandemic relief funding and surplus money to be used to subsidize internet setup costs. According to the MCA, approximately 95% of Fayette is considered “least served.” This means that for this area, connection speeds are slower than 25 megabits per second for downloads and 5 megabits per second for uploads.

Chris Lynch, Matrix’s Director of Business Development, mentioned the total project cost is expected to be about $4 million, with the majority of the funding coming from the MCA and Matrix. If the connectivity authority’s grant is successful, there will be a tier dedicated to residents who are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program offering internet with an upload and a download speed of 50 megabits per second for $30 a month, and 100 Mbps symmetrical speeds for $59.99 a month.

“If the grant application is successful, Matrix hopes to start providing service in Fayette as quickly as 10 months from the grant approval, with full service to all residents completed by the end of 2024,” Lynch said.

We look forward to updating you on the progress of the project. Be sure to check back soon!

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