- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - FairPoint Communications says it’s continuing to expand broadband in Maine by upgrading central offices in 13 towns from Wells to Frenchville.

The upgrades mean faster broadband speeds for more than 32,450 locations in Brownville, Bucksport, Columbia, Danforth, Dixfield, Frenchville, Guilford, Lubec, Madison, Monson, Skowhegan, Waldoboro and Wells.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said the upgrades are important because broadband plays a crucial role in the state’s ability “to attract and retain businesses and residents.”

The central offices are physical buildings that house the telecommunications equipment needed to deliver broadband service to residents and businesses. FairPoint has invested more than $900 million in its northern New England communications infrastructure and technology since 2008.

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