Maine Fiber Company (MFC) is a dark-fiber leasing company supporting all telecom carriers in Maine. MFC was formed to oversee the construction, maintenance and leasing of a 1,100-mile, high-capacity fiber optic network in the state of Maine. The network is to be built through a combination of a federal grant and private investment. MFC mission is to enhance ´middle mile´ fiber access for carriers looking to provide quality broadband services to customers in many areas of Maine, including some of the most rural areas of the State.
Also known as the ´Three Ring Binder,´ the network is a true "dark fiber" asset and provides the fiber for telecom carriers to provide service to their customers. The MFC network is available to all qualified users on an equal basis. None of our customers are to be given preferential treatment, and no single entity can use more than 20% of any segment of the network.
Our potential customers include telecommunications providers and entities with a high demand for data transmission. In accordance with the initial federal grant application, a portion of the network has been reserved for use by the University of Maine System and the State of Maine. The network is expected to have more than sufficient capacity to meet customer needs for the foreseeable future.
Maine Fiber Company is a private company. The rates we charge for use of our network are to be based on a fair return on the private capital invested in the project as well as the costs for ongoing maintenance. The project´s federal subsidy provides a benefit to the public by making broadband service more widely available in Maine and at more affordable prices than if the network were built entirely with private funds.