High speed ahead: South Portland joins Rockport in upgrading its fiber optic network

By James McCarthy, MaineBiz

Chris Dumais at South Portland City Hall

Chris Dumais at South Portland City Hall. Photo by Tim Greenway, MaineBiz.

Bob O’Brien, one of the owners of the Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance Co. in South Portland, readily admits an insurance company don’t necessarily require the kind of bandwidth that the local tel

evision production company Lone Wolf Media might need for uploading videos to clients ranging from National Geographic to “Nova.”

Yet, because he also serves on the city’s economic development committee, O’Brien says the recent installation of a fiber optic one-gigabit-per-second Internet network in his neighborhood is great news, even if the benefits might prove modest for an insurance company.

“We’re definitely looking forward to improved speed and greater reliability,” he says. “I really do see it as an economic development tool. Right now, we’re only the second town in Maine to do this. It makes us stand out. It’s great that a lot of folks at City Hall thought outside of the box to make this happen.”

One of those out-of-the-box thinkers is Chris Dumais, the city’s director of information technology, who credits City Manager James Gailey and former Assistant City Manager Jon Jennings . . .

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