The expected delay is frustrating news for residents who’ve been pressuring the New Jersey-based carrier for about 16 months to perform the upgrade. They say Verizon service is unreliable in many areas of Harpswell, including islands and surrounding waters, and that even the town’s emergency services have been negatively affected.

Previously, Verizon had said it planned to complete the upgrade by spring 2024, but a local resident involved in the pressure campaign said a Verizon representative updated him recently to say the earliest likely completion date is now “simply ‘2024.’”

Verizon signals delay in Harpswell wireless network upgrade