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UNITY, Maine (AP) -- The ConnectME Authority is awarding a grant to help a small Maine telecom expand its broadband network.

UniTel plans to match the $360,000 grant from ConnectME as part of its strategic plan to expand availability of its fiber network by bringing Fiber To The Home to its customers.

UniTel's CEO Laurie Osgood says the company will have one of the fastest fiber optic networks in Maine and the nation once the work is completed next year.

UniTel, which was established in 1902, provides phone and Internet service to the towns of Albion, Dixmont, Knox, Newburgh, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and surrounding areas.

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