The Penobscot Bay Region of Midcoast Maine is comprised of many small villages, towns and cities - each with its own personality. They all have in common beautiful natural resources, unique shops and attractions, and friendly people. The region is experiencing population growth as employers and employees realize that we can work where we want to live instead of living where we have to work. Midcoast Internet is poised to help the region truly become "Maine - The way life should be."
The Midcoast Internet Coalition is comprised of about a dozen towns, listed below, as well as numerous other "guest" municipalities from Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln and Waldo Counties who participate in meetings and share information on regional broadband efforts.
Camden is one of the most beautiful towns in the country, regularly appearing in national magazines’ “best places” lists. A town that makes its living from tourism is fast becoming a popular retirement destination. The Camden Conference, Camden Opera House and the Camden International Film Festival makes Camden culturally vibrant.
Camden, along with Rockport, is a founding member of the Midcoast Internet Coalition and a Charter Municipal member of the Midcoast Internet Development Corporation..
Situated on its own peninsula southwest of Thomaston, it is at the heart of Maine's "Wyeth Country." Cushing is primarily a rural residential community with few commercial enterprises. There isa Post Office, a few B & B’s, and seasonal cottage/vacation rentals.
The Town of Hope, Maine is the fastest growing town in Knox County, located north of Camden and Rockport and east of Union. Farm families specialize in dairy, poultry, apples, blueberries and Christmas trees. Hope Village and South Hope are the principal centers of business.
Lincolnville is noted for its diverse geography. One of the smallest local towns in population but the largest in area, Lincolnville spans two settlements, at Lincolnville Beach there are shops, restaurants and lodging plus the ferry to Islesboro. Lincolnville Centre has a library, a General Store, fine dining Bed & Breakfast, Sailing Club, and Cellardoor Vineyard.
Northport is a small, coastal community nestled in between Belfast and Camden. The Northport Campground, Knight’s Pond, Picture Pond, Saturday Cove and the summer community of Bayside are all within Northport as well as many artisans.
Owls Head stands on its own peninsula with a lobster pound, harbor, vineyard and several churches. It also has two State Parks, Owls Head State Park with the lighthouse and Birch Point Beach State Park. Located in Owls Head are the Knox Country Regional Airport and Owls Head Transportation Museum.
Rockland is the Knox County seat and home to the County courts, UMA Rockland Center, the Career Center, Social Service offices and various non-profits. The main street is filled with shops, restaurants and museums. Rockland has the largest concentration of manufacturers in Maine, ranging from boat builders to process manufacturers, and precision manufacturing. Rockland is one of just 16 Coast Guard Cities, a designation that recognizes the community’s supportive relationship with the United States Coast Guard.
Located between Camden and Rockland, Rockport has one of the most beautiful harbors in Maine. This picturesque town boasts parks, shops, a brand new library opened in 2020, historic lime kilns, historic Andre the Seal, restaurants, and the Rockport Opera House which houses Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School.
In 2014, through a private / public partnership, Rockport, Maine Media and GWI installed a 1.6 mile 1 Gig fiber optic network that serves the municipally-owned buildings, Maine Media and residences and business along the fiber optic route. Several residents have extended the network at their own expense enabling their ability to access the network as well as neighbors passed along the route.
Rockport, along with Camden, is a founding member of the Midcoast Internet Coalition and a Charter Municipal member of the Midcoast Internet Development Corporation.
This peninsula community is comprised of three primary villages: the town center, known locally as the “Keag” (pronounced “Gig) Spruce Head; and Spruce Head Island, a lobstering port. Businesses include lodging facilities, a campground, seasonal cottage vacation rentals, stores, art galleries, small shops, and oceanfront seafood shacks.
Thomaston, overlooks the head of the St. George River Estuary. Boat building and lobstering related industry can be found in this village in addition to shops and restaurants and the Maine State Prison Showroom.The biggest event of the year in Thomaston is its rousing Fourth of July celebration.
Sitting at the center of Knox County’s agricultural region, Union Common, a classic New England green encircled by small businesses is the village’s heart. There are two vineyards and a micro-brewery as well as one of Maine's oldest agricultural fairs. Union is a town with a wealth of history including being home to the Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage.
Marc Ratner, Select Board
Matt Sigel, Select Board
Jeremy Martin, Planning Director
Craig Currie, Select Board
Sarah Ann Smith, Select Board Chair
Melissa Foster Hall, Broadband Committee
Shelly Patten, Select Board Chair
Ann Frenning Kossuth, Select Board
Brady Brim-DeForest, Broadband Committee
Ben Dorr, City Council
Nathan Davis, City Council
Denise Munger, Select Board
John Strand, Select Board
Clifford Dasco, Broadband Committee
Walter Reitz, Select Board
Brian Doyle, Economic Development Director
Zel Bowman-LaBerge, Select Board
John Gibbons, Broadband Committee
Adam Fuller, Select Board
The Midcoast Internet Coalition is pleased to have the assistance and valuable advice of a variety of advisors.
Steve Matteo, Camden National Bank
Leticia vanVurren, GIS
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