The first phase of a fiber optic network to service Rockport Village is complete and it is now one step closer to becoming a “high tech” harbor.

Town Manager Richard Bates said June 23 at the select board meeting, as of June 18 the fiber optic cable is in place and active at two locations, one of which was the driving force behind the project.

“As of the 18th, the fiber optics network is up and running at the library and Maine Media College,” Bates said. “We are now in negotiations with GWI for ISP service for commercial and residential services by the end of the month.”

Bates added there is a press conference slated for Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.

The fiber optic network will initially by used by the library and the media college and its affiliated classrooms in the Shepherd Block. Installation of the network into the library was partially funded by a grant from Maine Research and Education Network, which has been setting up technology for schools and libraries in various communities around the state.

In addition to grant money, the network installation is being funded in part by Tax Incremental Financing money, as well as money from the college.