Time Warner Cable announced that the company is expanding broadband services on the islands of Vinalhaven and North Haven, and the Long Lake area of Madawaska. The expansion means Time Warner Cable’s high speed Internet, high definition/digital cable and digital phone services will soon be available to residents of those communities.

The $1.1 million project, funded entirely by Time Warner Cable, will be completed by this fall. Once finished, Time Warner Cable will provide broadband access in all of the 267 communities the company serves in Maine. The expansion will mark the first time that Time Warner Cable services are available to residents of North Haven and Long Lake. Time Warner Cable currently offers limited cable TV services on Vinalhaven.

“We are pleased to make this significant investment to expand broadband services in Maine,” said Time Warner Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt, in a news release. “Over the past four years we’ve invested more than $235 million updating our equipment and technology in Maine, further demonstrating our commitment to using our own money to build networks and connect people to our voice, video and broadband services. This latest expansion will significantly enhance the economic and educational opportunities in these communities.”

The expansion of broadband services at Vinalhaven, North Haven and Long Lake advances the goal of Gov. John Baldacci’s ConnectME Initiative to provide broadband availability to 90 percent of Maine homes and businesses by 2010.

“Expanded broadband access is critical for Maine,” Baldacci said. “Our communities and the quality of life they offer draw the best and brightest to Maine. We know that our people can compete with anyone in the world if they have the right tools. With high speed Internet from companies like Time Warner Cable, Maine entrepreneurs and businesses can reach markets across the globe. I’m committed to expanding broadband access and opening up new opportunities for our state.”

Work has already started on the expansion and will be completed in July on Vinalhaven, October at Long Lake and November on North Haven. The project entails installing new technology in all three locations, including nearly 50 miles of fiber-optic and coaxial cable with the potential to serve nearly 1,200 customers.