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Time Warner Cable has started work on a new underground fiber-optic network in downtown Bangor

Time Warner Cable, Maine’s largest provider of cable and broadband services, has started work on a new, underground fiber-optic network in downtown Bangor to connect residents and business owners to the company’s advanced video, broadband and digital phone products.

The $1 million project is funded entirely by Time Warner Cable and is scheduled for completion this fall.

Eastwood Contractors Inc. of Brewer is the primary contractor for the Time Warner Cable expansion.  The project includes the installation of nearly a mile of underground conduit along Harlow Street, Franklin Street, a portion of Park Street, Exchange Street and Hancock Street.

In all, Time Warner Cable plans to install more than 4 miles of underground and aerial cable to service downtown Bangor with the potential to serve hundreds of residential and commercial customers with the company’s advanced services.

“We’re very excited to make this significant investment in downtown Bangor on behalf of our 1,000 employees in Maine,” said Paul S. Schonewolf, Time Warner Cable’s Area Vice President for New England. “Our expansion in downtown Bangor is part of Time Warner Cable’s ongoing effort to invest in and improve Maine’s digital infrastructure.” Since 2006, Time Warner Cable has invested more than $260 million in private risk capital in new technology and broadband infrastructure in Maine. Time Warner Cable has been a Maine cable provider for over 30 years and serves more than 265 communities in Maine.

“I also want to thank the City of Bangor for its help during the planning process for this project,” Schonewolf said. “It’s a tremendous logistical undertaking to plan an underground project, particularly in a downtown area. The city has done everything possible to make the process simple and easy, and we’re very excited to get this project under way.”